The Angels and starter Hector Santiago have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a one-year, $5 million contract, per MLB.com’s Mike DiGiovanna. MLB Trade Rumors had projected Santiago would earn $5.1 million. The lefty was entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility after earning $2.29 in his first go-around last year.
Santiago, 28, posted a 3.59 ERA with a 162/71 K/BB ratio in 180 2/3 innings in his third season as a full-time starter and his second with the Angels after they acquired him as part of a three-way trade that also involved the Diamondbacks in December 2013. He made the American League All-Star roster but did not participate in the game.
The Angels have three pending arbitration cases remaining with outfielder Kole Calhoun, starter Garrett Richards, and reliever Fernando Salas.
Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.
The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.
Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.
Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.