The Angels had no problem taking on Vernon Wells’ $81 million deal, but dadgummit they fought Jered Weaver over less than $1.5 million. In arbitration, that is. An arbitration that was held yesterday. Which the Angels have won, reports MLBTR.
Weaver wanted $8.8 million. The Angels offered him $7.365 million, which seems at least two places past the decimal point too specific, but who cares?
Weaver is 28 and he’s the clear ace of the Angels’ staff. He had a 3.01 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 34 starts last season, with 233 strikeouts and only 54 walks in 224.1 innings. He also only went eight innings or longer in only three games, which means that if he played for the Twins they’d be looking to trade him for Michael Young or something. At least that’s what the Star Tribune tells me.