Angels agree to deal with Freese, avoid arbitration

Angels agree to deal with Freese, avoid arbitration

ANAHEIM -- The Angels avoided arbitration with third baseman David Freese on Wednesday, agreeing on a $6.425 million salary that stood as the midpoint of the numbers previously exchanged by both sides.

The Angels' only remaining arbitration-eligible players are outfielder Matt Joyce, a pending free agent, and starting pitcher Garrett Richards, who attained Super Two status this offseason.

Freese, also a free agent at season's end, batted .260 in his first season with the Angels, adding 10 homers, 55 RBIs and an adjusted OPS of 103 despite getting off to a slow start. Over a 99-game stretch in the last four months of the season, the 31-year-old batted .281/.343/.425.

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