2011 Contract Issues: Los Angeles Angels

The Angels face only one option situation for 2011.  Closer Brian Fuentes' $9MM option will vest if he finishes 55 games in 2010.  The 34-year-old lefty has one of nine vesting options to watch this season.  A game finished is given to the last non-starting pitcher of record for each team; Fuentes finished 57 last year despite a mediocre season.  The Angels can turn to Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning if Fuentes falters, and Fuentes' agent won't have a case for a grievance.

After the season the Angels will have Hideki Matsui and Scot Shields eligible for free agency.  Kendry Morales will enter his first arbitration year.  Jered Weaver, Joe Saunders, Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick, and Jeff Mathis will enter their second; Mike Napoli his third.  It should also be noted that Scott Kazmir's salary will increase by $4MM in 2011 and Ervin Santana gets a $2MM bump.  Fortunately, the Angels will no longer be paying Justin Speier in 2011.

Thanks to Cot's Baseball Contracts for the information.



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