The Los Angeles Angels had eight players eligible for arbitration, and the deadline for teams and players to exchange salary figures for the 2023 season was on Friday, Jan. 13.
L.A. avoided arbitration with five players, agreeing to contracts with Taylor Ward, Patrick Sandoval, Jared Walsh, Jaime Barria and Griffin Canning for the 2023 season.
Their remaining arbitration eligible players, Luis Rengifo, Hunter Renfroe and Gio Urshela, are now going to be scheduled for an arbitration hearing. However, the two sides can continue to negotiate a new contract in the hopes of avoiding arbitration.
Ward and Sandoval received the largest contracts of the group, both checking in at $2.75 million, while Walsh slotted in just behind them at $2.65 million. Barria received $1.05 million and Canning signed for $850,000 to round out the group.
Ward and Sandoval became arbitration eligible for the first time as Super Two players.
Typically, a player becomes eligible for arbitration after three years of Major League service time. However, a player who ranks in the top 22% in terms of service time among those who have amassed between two and three years in the Majors can become eligible for arbitration with the Super Two status.
Because of their status as Super Two players, both still have three arbitration years remaining.
Walsh, Barria and Canning all became arbitration eligible for the first time this season as well, and all have two years remaining of team control.
Angels Spring Training report days announced
The 2023 regular season is approaching as Spring Training report days for all teams around Major League Baseball were announced. The Angels will begin camp in just a little more than a month as pitchers and catchers will report on Wednesday, February 16 at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Manager Phil Nevin will get a glimpse of his entire team when the first full-squad workout takes place on Monday, Feb. 20. Workouts are open to the public with Angels practices beginning around 9:30 a.m.
Photo day is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:00 a.m. in Tempe.
The Angels will then open Cactus League play on Saturday, Feb. 25 against the Seattle Mariners at the Peoria Sports Complex. Their home opener is slated for Feb. 26 as they host the Chicago White Sox at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
The Angels have a total of 32 games of Spring Training baseball, including 28 Cactus League games in Arizona, followed up by a WBC opponent and the annual Freeway Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers from March 26-28.
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