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Jered Weaver focused on bulking up over the winter in an effort to be stronger and have the ability to consistently pitch deeper into games in 2015.

Weaver pitched at a weight of 199 pounds in 2014 and currently sits at 224, which he says is about as high as it has ever been. The 32-year-old hurler logged 213 1/3 innings in 2014, but only lasted eight or more innings four times, and only averaged 6 1/3 innings over his final 12 starts.
Jan 25 - 8:05 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels took the time during Fan Fest on Saturday to shoot down the rumors of Josh Hamilton returning to the Rangers.

Daniels called the chances of the team dealing for the outfielder "small", a response that drew applause from the Rangers faithful in attendance. The Angels have made no secret of their desire to trade Hamilton, who is still owed $83 million over the next three seasons, but it appears as though the Rangers can safely be crossed off the list of potential destinations.
Jan 25 - 4:55 PM

David Freese requested $7.6 million and was offered $5.25 million from the Angels when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

It's one of the larger gaps between player and team for arbitration-eligible players. MLBTradeRumors.com projects Freese to earn $6.3 million through the process, which is closer to the Angels figure than the former World Series MVP. Freese hit a disappointing .260/.321/.383 with 10 homers and 55 RBI in 2014.
Jan 16 - 8:39 PM

Matt Joyce requested $5.2 million and was offered $4.2 million from the Angels when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.

It's a sizable difference, but the two sides should be able to find some common ground. He's expected to see fairly regular playing time against right-handed pitching where he has proven to be an offensive weapon.
Jan 16 - 7:31 PM

Angels and OF Collin Cowgill avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $995,000 contract.

The deal also includes incentives that should push the contract over $1 million. He will open the season as a reserve outfielder for the Halos, limiting his fantasy appeal to AL-only formats.
Jan 16 - 7:26 PM

Garrett Richards requested $3.8 million and was offered $2.4 million by the Angels when arbitration figures exchanged.

MLBTradeRumors.com projected Richards to earn $4.0 million, so we like the pitcher's chances here. The right-hander is working his way back from left patellar tendon surgery and isn't expected to be ready until at least May.
Jan 16 - 5:38 PM

Angels and RHP Fernando Salas avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.37 million contract.

Salas was arbitration-eligible for the second time. The relief held a 3.38 ERA while striking out over a batter per inning last season and will again serve as a middle reliever for the Angels in 2015.
Jan 16 - 1:08 PM

Angels and C Drew Butera avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $987,500 contract.

Butera was in his second year of arbitration eligibility. He'll serve as Chris Iannetta's backup after being acquired from the Dodgers via trade last month.
Jan 15 - 8:38 PM

Angels and LHP Cesar Ramos avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3125 million contract.

It's right in line with the $1.3 million MLBTradeRumors.com projected him to make in his second year of arbitration. Acquired from the Rays via trade in November, Ramos will be part of the Angels' bullpen next season.
Jan 15 - 6:57 PM

Angels and LHP Hector Santiago avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.29 million contract.

It's a tad more than MLBTradeRumors.com projected him to earn ($2.2 million) in his first year of arbitration. Santiago is expected to open next season in the Angels' rotation after making 24 starts and six relief appearances last year.
Jan 15 - 6:55 PM

Angels signed RHP Ryan Mattheus to a minor league contract.

The contract includes an invitation to spring training. Mattheus was an important member of the Nationals' bullpen as recently as 2012, posting a 2.85 ERA over 66 1/3 innings of work, but injuries and inconsistency have knocked him in recent years. The 31-year-old will look to earn a bullpen job with the Halos in spring.
Jan 14 - 6:08 PM

Angels sent 1B Marc Krauss outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Krauss was designated for assignment by the Angels last week, but passed through waivers unclaimed. The 27-year-old owns a lowly .200/.274/.341 batting line over 354 plate appearances in the majors, but he has some pop and could surface as a bench player at some point in 2015.
Jan 13 - 2:23 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, Mark Mulder is still mulling his decision to attempt another comeback.

The 37-year-old southpaw hasn't pitched in the big leagues since the 2008 season, but worked himself into great shape and may have earned a spot in the Angels rotation last spring before he ruptured his left Achilles and was forced to miss the season. He shouldn't have difficulty finding interested teams if he indeed decides to give it a go.
Jan 10 - 11:42 AM

Angels acquired RHP Nate Hyatt and 3B Kyle Kubitza from the Braves in exchange for LHP Ricardo Sanchez.

Hyatt, 24, holds a career 2.88 ERA with 165 strikeouts over 134 1/3 career relief innings. He's likely to begin the 2015 season at Double-A.
Jan 8 - 6:10 PM

Angels acquired 3B Kyle Kubitza and RHP Nate Hyatt from the Braves in exchange for LHP Ricardo Sanchez.

Kubitza, 24, was added to the Braves' 40-man roster in November after batting .295/.405/.470 with eight home runs and 21 stolen bases over 132 games in Double-A last season. David Freese is set for free agency after the season, so it's possible Kubitza could compete for the third base job as soon as 2016.
Jan 8 - 6:07 PM

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