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Angels, Napoli avoid arbitration with $2-million deal

January 19, 2009 |  1:39 pm

The Angels signed catcher Mike Napoli to a one-year, $2-million contract Monday, less than 24 hours before the player and team were scheduled to exchange arbitration figures.

Napoli made $425,000 -– just above the big-league minimum -– last season when he set career highs by hitting .273 with 20 homers and 49 RBIs in 78 games.

With Napoli signed, pitcher Ervin Santana and infielders Robb Quinlan and Maicer Izturis are the only Angels without contracts.

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-- Kevin Baxter