Arbitration Eligibles: Los Angeles Angels

The Angels are next in our arbitration eligibles series.

Mathis is a non-tender candidate, though the Angels retained him last year and his performance hasn't changed much.  His salary would be virtually the same, around $1.8MM.  Though it's only been 30 innings, Williams has done a nice job and would cost only $700K or so to retain.

The Angels' entire projected infield (aside from Mark Trumbo) is arbitration eligible.  Having missed all of 2011, Morales projects to stay at the same salary, $2.975MM.  We've got Kendrick for $5.1MM, Aybar for $4.5MM, and Callaspo for $3MM.  The middle infield tandem of Kendrick and Aybar will be entering their walk years.

If Mathis is cut loose, the Angels' five arbitration eligible players could cost $16.275MM.  Adding in players under contract for 2012, the team's commitments could total about $118MM not including minimum salary players.  The Angels' Opening Day payroll in 2011 was about $23MM above that point, so GM Tony Reagins should have flexibility this winter.   

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  1. C.J. Come Home!

  2. NathanielS 4 years ago


  3. 13stoploss 4 years ago

    Willing to bet that Mathis will be getting a raise.   :(

    • Raymond Holguin 4 years ago

      he will probably have a killer last week of the season (ie maybe have a multi-hit game) and angels will double his salary due to his new found offense force and how great he is with catching the ball

  4. Hey Tim, I think you forgot to add in Weaver’ s new contract which brings the total closer to $120MM for 2012.

  5. The Angels need to cut Mathis! This dude is the worse player in baseball!!!
    Options for the Angels
    A) Fielder
    B)Wilson/Aramis Ramirez
    c) Fielder/Aramis
    D) Trade Bourjos, Conger, Chatwood, Morales for something good

    • NathanielS 4 years ago

      1.) Fielder will not happen,Trumbo and Morales are of a much better value.

      2.) Bourjos is going to be, if not already, one of the best players in the game.

      3.) What they need to do is get rid of Bobby Abrue, as backwards as that seems.  

    • monkeyspanked 4 years ago

      No trading Bourjos!  Dude is headed towards stardom.

      • LOL no.. not going to happen.. Maybe in AAA but not in the bigs. He’ll be average at best 250/12/40 250/290/310 he’s nothing special, another Juan Piere with a bit more pop

        • bjsguess 4 years ago

          You are right. He won’t be a star.

          The guy has 688 total PA’s as a major league (roughly equivalent to one full season). During that time he has put up 6 WAR. 

          You know a lot of other players that put up 6 WAR in their first season?

          • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

            that’s coming from the innings in the outfield mostly, not much from the 688 PAs. but he’s still a very valuable player

        • Salmon4Coach 4 years ago

          Pete double digits in every category Homers, 2b’s, steals.. everything but triples missing it by one!…. why you gota be hating Jack? jus coz you aint in the pro’s or why?

    • Salmon4Coach 4 years ago

      wow are you serious? 1A)Your stupid we already stacked in 1b and you want another one?…. 2b) Ramirez will be a great sign 3c) we have Morales and Trumbo 4d) are you stupid agian trade Peter? and Morales+ chatty? are you kidding me right now chatty started off great and then 2nd half collapsed he will be back next year and better… Abreu must go to clear space for outfield and so Hunter and Wells switch off as DH.. Keep Conger trade Mathis.. Also trade rodney and sign 1 more quality guy in the pen to make it stronger than it is already never such thing as enough pitching.. another thing promo shoemaker and give em a shot during spring training so we can have 1)Weav 2)Haren 3)Santi 4)Richards 5)Shoemaker/Williams if will is resigned

  6. Jerome not Je-Ro-My

    • SoCalAngelsFan75 4 years ago

      The guy was out of the Majors for 4 years.  He’ll let you call him “lil’ buddy” as long as you let him stay :)

  7. bjsguess 4 years ago

    I think there is a great chance that Mathis will be cut.

    1. He has shown no signs of improvement.
    2. The team has a little less risk now that Conger has gotten half a season under his belt of ML baseball. While his season was disappointing it is pretty clear that Conger’s floor is still better than Mathis’ ceiling.
    3. The team can probably think of much better ways to spend $2m.

    I’d put it at 70% that Mathis won’t be back via arbitration. However, they could refuse arb (which grants him his release) and then resign him for league minimum. I definitely could see that. Mathis would get a chance to stay on, play, and hopefully build some value. The Angels retain a safety net of sorts. Weave keeps his private catcher.

  8. bjsguess 4 years ago

    The 2012 Angels should go with:

    — Rotation at 1B and DH between Abreu, Morales, and Trumbo. This would keep everyone fresh (and hopefully healthy). Provide some insurance in case Trumbo regresses or Morales doesn’t return to his 2009 form. 

    — Trout in LF, Bourjos in CF, and Hunter in RF (arguably the best OF defense in baseball). Wells can spell someone if needed. 

    — Conger starts at C. Kendrick at 2nd, Aybar at SS. Izturis provides back-up at all 3 MI positions.

    — Callaspo gets traded. Big FA/trade investment is at 3rd base. Need a big bopper at 3rd base that can inject some power into this lineup. Spend the dollars here and for a back of the rotation starter.

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      aramis ramirez on line 1

      but if you’re willing to put wells’ salary on the bench, i don’t know why you’d hesitate with abreu. trumbo needs progression – and a lot of it – to be an MLB player. morales is a question mark with big upside. if fielder can be had at an uncrazy price, the angels badly need his bat

      even if they don’t get fielder, they need a better solution at DH/1B than abreu/trumbo

    • That is such a weak lineup. Sorry.. Conger has one of the longest swings i’ve ever seen and the worse hitting coach in the game to tudor him. Abreu is just awful, and the fact he’s making 9mil next year makes me sick.. Izzy should be on the bench to add depth. The Angels need to sign Fielder as their main source of power source. Trumbo-Fielder-Wells-Kendrick-Trout-Wright YES!!  Trade Bourjos-Conger and whatever to the Mets for Wright and Chris Capuano. Bring up the good players for depth and boom

  9. Matt Galvin 4 years ago

    Freddy Sandoval or Branyon 3B?

  10. NathanielS 4 years ago

    Joe, man, what I said is they are a better VALUE. Combined they make about 3 million bucks, if I remember correctly.

    It’s called Defense, it’s 50% of the game, and Bourjos is elite. His bat has improved exponentially. I’m not expecting him to be a slugger.

    We don’t know what Morales will do. No one does unless they are a wizard. Are you a wizard?

    Also, don’t roll your eyes. Your name is Joe, not Tiffany.

  11. John DiRienzo 4 years ago

    wouldn’t your time in the middle school library be better spent on classwork and not on MLBTR?

  12. Salmon4Coach 4 years ago

    You forgot his 27 homers and 82 RBI’s (1st season in majors)

  13. Phattboy4 4 years ago

    First of all – Trumbo showed a lot of potential for a low price.  Give him another season or two to get more selective and he could be one of the top hitters in the game.  Morales Ill agree with you on… its risky to think he will be as productive as he once was.  However, Bourjos had an incredible first full season and theres no reason to think he wont be one of the top OFs in the game in the near future.  If youre going to insult the Angels, at least learn how to spell correctly.  (Rolles) eyes back at you.

  14. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    why are you so concerned with money? trumbo isn’t good. fielder costs way more, but if he makes the difference between playoffs and no playoffs, is trumbo really a better value?

    the angels desperately need offense

  15. NathanielS 4 years ago

    Are we supposed to pretend that money and value have no relation? They do need offense, Trumbo is giving them offense. They need to worry about third, catcher, and the clustf— logjam in the outfield, not first.

  16. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    “Are we supposed to pretend that money and value have no relation?”

    don’t be dense. the angels are not a small market club. i didn’t say why are you concerned with it, i said why are you SO concerned with it. it shouldn’t be a primary focus for a team in the angels’ current position

    trumbo is giving them offense? that’s a cruel joke. his .325 wOBA is below league average for all MLB players – let alone first basement. think the angels would be in 2nd place if they had a .400 wOBA in that lineup spot instead?

  17. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    “first basement” was a typo, but it’s a good nickname for second place in the AL West

  18. NathanielS 4 years ago

    I didn’t say he was an elite player, he is a legitimate offensive force though, and a much better hitter now then he was at the beginning of the season.  My point, generally, is that they have value at first. They have gaping holes elsewhere. Signing Fielder adds offense at first base, sure. So they upgrade from a B player to an A player. They still have D players at third and catcher.

    And being a large market club allows more room for error. That does not mean they they have less concern about the value of the investments they make in players. One does not negate the other.

  19. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    but he isn’t a legitimate offensive force, though; that’s the point. he really really isn’t. he is a home run hitter who can’t get on base. all of his WAR comes from UZR, and defense at first is not a priority. even if it were, morales can play it and hit much better

    conger is the man at C, third base is the only gaping hole. signing fielder wouldn’t prevent the angels from filling it

    And being a large market club allows more room for error. That does not
    mean they they have less concern about the value of the investments they
    make in players.

    you have no reason to think that i disagree with this. it’s obviously true and it doesn’t contradict anything i’ve said

    it doesn’t have to be fielder – i wouldn’t sign him if it required an insane contract in terms of the length of the commitment. but for the angels, the high dollars shouldn’t be a deterrent. and low dollars are not an excuse to run trumbo out there instead of the legitimate hitter they badly need at DH

  20. crashcameron 4 years ago

    “And being a large market club allows more room for error. That does not mean they they have less concern about the value of the investments they make in players.”
    but that has been the Angels’ problem: they have a propensity for using up a lot of that room for error

  21. NathanielS 4 years ago

    I’m not sure we actually disagree on much rather then how Trumbo projects out over the next few years. I hope you’re right about Conger, he hasn’t shown much this year. I blame the Mathis fetish.

  22. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    i think i’m just frustrated for angels fans that $30M is going to wells and abreu next year instead of e.g. ramirez and fielder

  23. NathanielS 4 years ago

    I gotta keep on reminding myself even now they are way better off then when I was a kid.

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