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Angels Avoiding Arbitration Armageddon

Some good news in the outer reaches of the Halosphere as tweets and posts from reliable sources indicate that Howie Kendrick and Jered Weaver have signed one year contracts, avoiding arbitration hearings. The reported dollar amounts are within the realm of reason considering the accomplishments of these two players.

UPDATE: Mike Napoli and Reggie Willits have also reached a contract agreement for the 2010 season with the Angels.

  • Kendrick, 26, has reportedly signed for $1.7 million.
  • Weaver, 27, is rumored to have agreed to a $4.2 million deal.
  • Napoli, 28, agreed to a $3.6 million deal according to SBN's partner Yahoo!Sports.
  • Willits turns 29 in May and scored a generous $625,000 to bun-buff the Anaheim pine in 2010.

All of these contracts are one year deals. Kendrick, Willits and Weaver will be free agents after the 2012 season. All three made less than $500K in 2009. Napoli will be a free agent after the 2011 season; he made $2 million in 2009.

These FOUR reported signings would leave the Angels with four more arbitration-eligible players: Erick Aybar, Maicer Izturis, Jeff Mathis, and Joe Saunders.