The Angels had an MLB-high nine players eligible for salary arbitration, and they have tendered contracts to eight of them before Thursday night's 9 p.m. PST deadline to tender contracts to players under reserve. Only infielder Kevin Frandsen was non-tendered, making him a free agent, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Frandsen made near the league minimum of $400,000 last year, and was due a raise as he was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time. Frandsen hit .250/.294/.319 in 54 games for the Angels in 2010.
Here is the full list of Angels eligible for salary arbitration, with their 2010 salaries:
- Jeff Weaver (rhp): $4.265 million
- Mike Napoli (c/1b): $3.6 million
- Erick Aybar (if): $2 million
- Howie Kendrick (if): $1.75 million
- Jeff Mathis (c): $1.3 million
- Kendry Morales (1b): $1.2 million
- Reggie Willits (of): $625,000
- Alberto Callaspo (if): $460,000 (first-time arbitration eligible)
All eight are due salary raises, which will add to the Angels' payroll. The Angels currently have $81.6 million committed to nine players in 2011. The Angels' 40-man roster currently stands at 39.
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