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.