Scioscia says Iannetta ideally gets '100 to 115' starts

Scioscia says Iannetta ideally gets '100 to 115' starts

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels lost Chris Iannetta's platoon mate in early November, when Hank Conger was dealt to the Astros for young starter Nick Tropeano and Minor League catcher Carlos Perez. But Angels manager Mike Scioscia doesn't have any plans to give Iannetta a Salvador Perez-type workload.

"Anywhere from 100 to 115" starts behind the plate is ideal, Scioscia said of Iannetta, who started 92 games last season and has a career high of 105.

"His bat came alive; he had a terrific season for us, did a lot of good things," Scioscia added. "As far as catching behind the plate, I think we're in that range still. I think he's at his peak when you can see him in that range."

The Angels also could occasionally use Iannetta as a designated hitter against lefties, but Scioscia doesn't plan to carry three catchers in order to make that happen. Drew Butera, Carlos Perez and Jett Bandy will compete for the backup job this spring, with Butera out of options.

Iannetta feels he's capable of starting more than 105 games behind the plate.

"I don't see why not," he said. "Whatever they have slated for me, or however the year shapes up, I'll be ready."

Worth noting
• Angels owner Arte Moreno wouldn't comment when asked if he's considering the Farmers Field site in downtown Los Angeles as a future ballpark home for the Angels. Moreno has no interest in allowing the NFL to use Angel Stadium as a temporary facility for a team that moves to California, though he hasn't been contacted.

• Catcher Carlos Perez (on the 40-man roster) and lefty reliever Atahualpa Severino (a non-roster invitee) have yet to report to camp due to visa issues with their native countries. Perez is expected to join the Angels on Saturday, but it's still unclear when Severino will report.

• The Angels are keeping an eye on the market for available Cuban players, but assistant general manager Scott Servais said it's unlikely that they sign another player before the current international signing period ends on June 15. The Angels can't sign anyone for more than $300,000 in the following two signing periods, but that doesn't apply for Cubans who qualify as free agents.

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