The arbitration eligibles series is back with a vengeance. Today we look at the Angels players who will be eligible for arbitration after the season…
- First time: Kendry Morales, Kevin Frandsen, Alberto Callaspo
- Second time: Jered Weaver, Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick, Jeff Mathis, Reggie Willits
- Third time: Mike Napoli
Frandsen played well in his first 100 or so Angels plate appearances, but his work since then could get him non-tendered. Callaspo could be cut loose if the Angels prefer not to bump him up to $1MM. It might be a similar story for Willits. Mathis could be non-tendered after another abysmal offensive showing, though the Angels would have a case for keeping his salary at $1.3MM or even cutting his pay.
Weaver, a Scott Boras client, is primed for big bucks – he leads all pitchers this year with 229 strikeouts. You won't find too many cases like Weaver, as most young pitchers this good are locked up. He could jump past $7MM. Morales has bad timing – he had his huge year in '09 but broke his leg in May of this year. He should still find a $3MM salary.
Aybar will get a raise on this year's $2.05MM, but his poor offensive 2010 should limit the increase. Kendrick, already at $1.75MM, set career highs in runs, RBIs, and steals. It's not a perfect comparable, but maybe he'll fall around Clint Barmes' $3.3MM.
Napoli could be in the position Mark Teahen, Jeremy Hermida, and Matt Lindstrom were last year – traded before the non-tender deadline. He's got 92 home runs under his belt after five seasons and already earns $3.6MM. Most backstops with Napoli's abilities are locked up; he could make over $5MM next year. Granted Napoli has only 406 career games behind the dish, and more time at first base this year, but his agent Brian Grieper can probably position him as a catcher for an arbitration hearing.