Angels Avoid Arbitration With Kendrys Morales

THURSDAY: Morales signed for $2.975MM, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

WEDNESDAY: The Angels avoided arbitration with first baseman Kendrys Morales, tweets Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times.  Morales hasn't appeared in the Majors since May 29th, 2010, when he broke his ankle in a home plate celebration.  The Scott Boras client's salary is expected to remain close to $3MM.  

According to's Alden Gonzalez, the Angels are being cautious with Morales, who is ramping up baseball activities.  When he is ready for Major League action, he may have to fight for playing time given the Albert Pujols signing and Mark Trumbo's emergence.

MLBTR's arbitration tracker shows that after signing Morales and Jerome Williams and extending Howie Kendrick, the Angels have two remaining arbitration eligible players in Erick Aybar and Alberto Callaspo.