Angels, Hector Santiago avoid arbitration

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The Angels and starter Hector Santiago have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a one-year, $5 million contract, per’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.