Angels avoid arbitration with Jered Weaver, Howie Kendrick
The Angels avoided salary arbitration with infielder Howie Kendrick and pitcher Jered Weaver, agreeing to one-year deals with each player today.
Kendrick, who was eligible for arbitration for the first time, agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million contract, a significant raise from the $465,000 he got last year. Weaver, who also made $465,000 last season, his final before arbitration, agreed to a one-year contract for $4.265 million, plus award bonuses that could increase the deal's value.
The Angels have six other players who are eligible for salary arbitration, including pitcher Joe Saunders, catchers Mike Napoli and Jeff Mathis, outfielder Reggie Willits and infielders Erick Aybar and Maicer Izturis. According to baseball's collective bargaining agreement, each side submits a salary figure, and if an agreement cannot be reached, an arbitrator decides the player's salary by choosing between the two figures. Arbitration hearings are scheduled for the first three weeks in February.
Saunders has submitted a figure of $3.85 million, just above the club's figure of $3.6 million while Izturis is asking for $3 million, $700,000 more than the Angels' figure. Aybar is seeking $2.75 million with the club countering with $1.8 million and Mathis is asking for $1.3 million, $600,000 more than the club's offer. Napoli and Willits' proposals were not known.
-- Kevin Baxter