ANAHEIM – The Angels today have agreed to terms on a two-year, $17 million contract with LHP Aaron Loup ($7.5 million in 2022 and $7.5 million in 2023). The contract also includes a Club option for the 2024 season ($7.5 million or $2 million dollar buyout).
Loup, 33, made 65 appearances in 2021 for the New York Mets, going 6-0 with a 0.95 ERA (56.2 IP – 6 ER) and 57 strikeouts. He led all Major League relief pitchers in ERA (min. 50 IP) and held opponents to a career-best .192 (37/193) batting average, which ranked third among National League left-handers. Loup held left-handed batters to a .167 (14/84) average and yielded just two extra-base hits to lefties on the season.
A native of Raceland, LA, Loup was originally selected by Toronto in the ninth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Tulane University. He made his Major League debut in 2012 with Toronto and has pitched to a 3.05 career ERA (407.2 IP – 138 ER) across 471 appearances with the Blue Jays (2012-18), Phillies (2018), Padres (2019), Rays (2020) and Mets (2021).
In a corresponding 40-man roster move, LHP Hector Yan has been designated for assignment.