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Angels avoid arbitration with Kendrick, Willits; Weaver, Napoli exchange salary figures with team

January 18, 2011 |  3:14 pm

The Angels avoided arbitration with second baseman Howie Kendrick and reserve outfielder Reggie Willits, who each agreed to 2011 contracts Tuesday.

Kendrick, who hit .279 with 10 home runs, 41 doubles and 75 runs batted in, will make $3.3 million, up from the $1.75 million he made in 2010. Willits, who hit .258, will make $775,000, a slight raise from the $625,000 he made last season.

The Angels have agreed to terms with six of their eight arbitration-eligible players: Kendrick, Willits, Kendry Morales, Erick Aybar, Jeff Mathis and Alberto Callaspo.

The Angels were unable to come to terms with pitcher Jered Weaver and catcher Mike Napoli, and the team and players exchanged salary figures Tuesday.

Weaver requested a salary of $8.8 million, more than double the $4.265 million he made last season. The Angels countered with a salary of $7.365 million. Napoli requested a salary of $6.1 million, and the Angels countered with an offer of $5.3 million.

--Mike DiGiovanna

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