ANAHEIM, California – Left-handed reliever Aaron Loup has agreed to a two-year, $ 17 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
The club announced the Loup deal Monday, adding one of the most effective relievers in the free-agent market to right-hander Noah Syndergaard, in an impressive streak early in the offseason for the perpetually pitcher-poor Angels.
Loup, 33, was 6-0 with a 0.95 ERA in 65 appearances last season for the New York Mets, posting the lowest ERA of any major league reliever with at least 50 innings. He kept hitters at a career low of .192 and was particularly dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to .167 with just two extra-base hits.
Lowe will earn $ 7.5 million in each of his two guaranteed seasons under the contract. The Angels also have a 2024 club option for $ 7.5 million with a $ 2 million exit clause.
Loup will be a key component of another rebuilt bullpen for the Angels. They have made pitchers their top concern during general manager Perry Minasian’s tenure.
Last week, the Angels landed Syndergaard on a one-year, $ 21 million deal to join their rotation alongside MVP Shohei Ohtani and young starters Patrick Sandoval and Jose Suarez.
The Angels have also said they will try to re-sign closer Raisel Iglesias, who has emerged as probably the best reliever in the free-agent market after an exceptional season with Los Angeles. Iglesias declined a qualifying offer earlier this month from the Angels, but has said he would like to return.
Loup also pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, the Philadelphia Phillies, the San Diego Padres and the Tampa Bay Rays before joining the Mets last year. He has a 3.05 ERA in his career.
The Angels designated left-hander Hector Yan for assignment in a corresponding move.