Angels Agree To Terms With Jeff Mathis

The Angels have agreed to terms with Jeff Mathis to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with the catcher, according to a team press release.  Mathis will earn $1.7MM in 2011, reports Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

This was Mathis' second arbitration year, and he earned $1.3MM in 2010 after winning an arbitration case with Los Angeles last February.  (The Halos offered $0.7M.)  Mathis, 27, has served as the Angels' backup to Mike Napoli behind the plate for the last four seasons.  Mathis has just a .199/.265/.311 slash line in 1079 career plate appearances, but the Halos value him for his defense.

Mathis is the second arb-eligible player to settle a contract with the Angels in as many days, following Alberto Callaspo's $2MM deal yesterday.  Los Angeles still has six more players eligible for arbitration, including such notables as Howie Kendrick, Kendry Morales, Napoli and Jered Weaver.


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46 Comments on "Angels Agree To Terms With Jeff Mathis"


ryankrol
4 years 7 months ago

WHY???

firstavenger
4 years 7 months ago

GREEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAATTTTT

WiiCat
4 years 7 months ago

Sigh. Massive sigh.

RSBuletz
4 years 7 months ago

How much is he paying the Angels?

Tom R
4 years 7 months ago

Scioscia’s bromance with Mathis really needs to end.

4 years 7 months ago

OH HELL NO!!!!!!!

Chris Masteller
4 years 7 months ago

Ugh… WHY?!

4 years 7 months ago

I find it funny this made MLBTR. Not that I’m knocking MLBTR, but for almost about a month other than rumors, this is the only actual real deal the Halos have made. CERA por vida!

4 years 7 months ago

Okay, forgot about Callaspo…

Chris Masteller
4 years 7 months ago

This just in, Mike Napoli traded for a rally monkey costumed mascot.

Tom R
4 years 7 months ago

Reagins and my 3 year old daughter use the same kind of logic. Why have three cookies (catchers) when you can have four? Four is better than three!

ogueira
4 years 7 months ago

Worthless, but not surprising. With Mathis, Napoli, Conger, and Wilson in the catching fold, hopefully Napoli can be bait for a left fielder. Perhaps a Napoli-centered package can net Beltran – big money, but one year left on the contract (just in time for Trout in 2012) and big offensive upside. Playing left field and occasional time at DH should *hopefully* keep him healthy.

4 years 7 months ago

I have a feeling Trout won’t debut(impact player) until 2013, if there is an inkling of doubt on his abilities on the farm.

ogueira
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah, it’s possible they wait until 2013, but right now, I think the Angels’ ideal scenario is a September 2011 call-up. Assuming he doesn’t fall on his face, I think they’d like to give him the job in 2012.

Commander_Nate
4 years 7 months ago

I was thinking something similar, but I was wondering if they’d take Juan Rivera instead of Napoli. Even though he’s getting $1.69 million more than he’s worth now, I’m hoping Mathis is off the roster by the trade deadline. In that case, Napoli could finally be the primary catcher and backup DH/1B while Conger gets eased in. I figure see if the Mets will take Rivera and swap salaries, which still ends up saving the Mets around $13 million. Rivera is also a free agent after 2011 so the Mets get the same type of rental at a lower price. Throw in Willits too just for kicks. That would give them two options to replace Beltran.

ogueira
4 years 7 months ago

I’d definitely be in favor of Rivera for Beltran if the Mets would go for it, but I don’t think they would. I think they’d be much more receptive to Napoli because of the offense he provides at a premium position, and they’re more likely to keep Napoli long term than Rivera. As much as I like Napoli’s power, I just feel like he’s a waste on the Angels where he gets only part-time duty – he’s more valuable in a trade.

cookmeister
4 years 7 months ago

Rivera is a FA at the end of the year.. the Mets could be interested just to save the money

4 years 7 months ago

Am I the only one who really values a guy like Willits? I hear what you’re saying about trade fluff, but the consensus from the fanbase on his value is well below mine. I love this guy off the bench. Sorry for the sidebar.

4 years 7 months ago

Looking back to the year he came up, I think Willits should be given a shot at left field and lead off. Excellent defense and a potential offensive jump starter.

RSBuletz
4 years 7 months ago

I’ve just seen Willits make hash of too many fly balls. I don’t think he would have been on the roster last year if Pettit hadn’t gone down pre-season with a (I think) a torn labrum. I’ve heard nothing, but hope Pettit is back in the mix this year for the back-up OFer spot.

4 years 7 months ago

1.7 million with $50,000 extra for both 110 and 120 starts. WHHHHHYYYYYYYYY

4 years 7 months ago

He’ll donate half of his salary to April Fools Foundation, which the Angels’ staff seems to be “Honorary Fool” Members.

Seriously, It must be april fools!

Chris Masteller
4 years 7 months ago

After his horrendous performance in 2010, don’t you think the Angels could have won arbitration this time?

4 years 7 months ago

Lasagna goes a long way these days…about 400,000 bucks with a vesting bonus.

haloapologetics
4 years 7 months ago

Okay so we got the 2 most worthless players back on board… just close up with the rally monkey before arbitration and we’ll be set… FML

PushDown
4 years 7 months ago

Cmon bro don’t put Callaspo in the same group as Mathis. At least Callaspo’s going to be an improvement over Wood at the 3B. You could’ve plugged in anybody in Mathis’s spot and he still wouldn’t e considered an improvement.

ze3
4 years 7 months ago

Mathis sucks.

4 years 7 months ago

I want a 30% raise for sucking at my job too!

SoCalAngelsFan75
4 years 7 months ago

Back in Nov 2010, I was so looking forward to the 2011 season. What with Moreno’s big talk about spending big and the availability of players fitting our team’s needs. Now I’m just dreading the impending catastrophe.

4 years 7 months ago

You can only value a player for his defense so much…..I’d say after batting under the Mendoze line for over 1000 plate appearances, that is overvaluing his defense. Considering most sites think his defense slightly above-average I don’t know what the deal is. The Angels have plenty of catching options. $1.7 million for a marginally decent defensive catcher who has batted UNDER .200 for over 1000 plate appearances is WAY too much.

4 years 7 months ago

The problem is, he is one of the worst defensive catchers in all of baseball…

4 years 7 months ago

It’s the Mathis line, now.

4 years 7 months ago

It boggles the mind how Mathis is still on the roster, let alone making nearly $2M

mkorpal
4 years 7 months ago

Thats about 3 million too much