Santiago, Ramos, Butera avoid arbitration …

The Angels avoided arbitration with left-handers Hector Santiago and Cesar Ramos on Thursday.

Santiago will receive $2.29 million in 2015 while Ramos will get $1,312,500.

Santiago posted a 3.75 ERA in 127 1/3 innings in his first year with the Angels last season, adding a 1.36 WHIP and a 2.04 strikeout-to-walk ratio. This was the first of three arbitration years for the 27-year-old, who will compete for the fifth spot of the rotation in Spring Training.

Ramos, acquired from the Rays for pitching prospect Mark Sappington, has posted a 3.90 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and a 1.95 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 150 innings the last two years. The 30-year-old was in his second year of arbitration, received a jump from $749,750 last year, and currently projects as the only lefty in the Angels bullpen.

With Santiago and Ramos done, six arbitration-eligibles remain for the Angels – Garrett Richards, Matt Joyce, David Freese, Fernando Salas, Collin Cowgill and Drew Butera. Figures are exchanged on Friday.

More on the Angels’ arbitration eligibles can be found here.

UPDATE, 5:33 P.M. PT: Butera avoided arbitration with a $987,500 agreement.

Butera was in his second arbitration year and got a raise from $700,000 last year. The 31-year-old was acquired by the Dodgers for a player to be named later (eventually Minor League outfielder Matt Long) on Dec. 9 and will compete for the job of backup catcher this spring.

The 31-year-old has batted only .183/.239/.268 in 251 games the last five years, but he’s thrown out 33 percent of would-be basestealers in that span (the Major League average is 27.2 percent) and is deemed to have a good rapport with pitchers.



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Gonzo, have you ever thought that the problem with the Halos starts with the manager whom was given the MOST talent by Artie Moreno over the last three years? HUMM…….hasn’t won a World Series with the most talent in baseball the last two years and lost both home games to a lousy, Royals team!!!!!!!! What a joke he is! He can’t even go to the bathroom without having to bend over and see his anatomy!!!

What a moronic comment on so many levels. Not the least of which is calling a team that took the Giants to Game 7 of the World Series “lousy.”

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