Jose Arredondo was not offered a contract by the Angels by Saturday's 8:59 p.m. PT deadline, casting the right-handed reliever into free agency one day after the club confirmed he will undergo Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery and miss the entire 2010 season.
Arredondo was one of three players to not receive contract offers from Los Angeles prior to the deadline, along with pitcher Dustin Moseley and infielder Matt Brown.
None of the three was arbitration-eligible, and the Angels had yet to announce decisions on the seven who are eligible: infielders Erick Aybar, Maicer Izturis and Howie Kendrick; catchers Jeff Mathis and Mike Napoli; outfielder Reggie Willits; and left-handed starter Joe Saunders.
Arredondo was a key setup member of the Angels' 2008 bullpen, posting a 10-2 record and a 1.62 ERA.
But the 25-year-old slumped badly last season, with a 6.00 ERA in 68 appearances and 76 innings. He spent part of the season on the disabled list with a sore right elbow.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Change for a Nickel. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.