The Angels are next in our arbitration eligibles series.
- First time: Jerome Williams
- Second time: Kendrys Morales, Alberto Callaspo, Jeff Mathis
- Third time: Howie Kendrick, Erick Aybar
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.