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.