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Jered Weaver takes arbitration loss in stride … for now

Feb 14, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

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History suggests that players who lose arbitration hearings don’t stay with the teams that defeated them for long, but Jered Weaver has “no hard feelings” after a three-person panel sided with the Angels last week.

Weaver requested $8.8 million while the Angels countered at $7.365 million and the team came out on top after what Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports was a four-hour hearing.

However, the 28-year-old right-hander doesn’t sound very optimistic about the chances of a long-term contract extension:

From my understanding, talks never went anywhere. I’m open to it. I would love to play for the Angels for a long time. But I don’t want it hanging over my head for the season. Talks are done for now.

Weaver called the hearing “good” and “interesting” and “kind of fun in a way,” so presumably the Angels making a compelling case against his deserving the money he asked for won’t lead to any lingering resentment. At the same time, Weaver did say that “it was one of those things I wish I didn’t have to do, but the game has become very business-oriented and I found out business is business.”

Weaver, whose lack of run support led to a mediocre 13-12 record despite a 3.01 ERA and league-leading 233 strikeouts in 224 innings last season, will be arbitration eligible for the third and final time in 2012. His agent, Scott Boras, has tended to encourage star players to hit the open market as free agents.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Feb 14, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    I wanna know what the brain-trust in Angel-land is thinking this offseason.

    Let’s make a bold statement about how we’re going to make some big splashes.

    Then…let’s miss the boat on Crawford, Beltre, Soriano and really just about any other free agent who would have been any of any Werth (see what I did there?!) to the club.

    To salvage that, let’s go out and trade away one of the best hitting catchers in baseball and a serviceable if not underwhelming outfielder in Juan Rivera and absorb the vast majority of decline-phase Vernon Wells’ contract.

    But yeah…when that’s all said and done and we’ve really done nothing to improve the club…let’s go to war with our best pitcher over roughly $1.5 million.

    Weren’t these guys a “model franchise” just a few years ago?!

    • Mike Luna - Feb 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM

      At the start of last season, I predicted that both Boston and Anaheim were going to have down seasons.

      They did.

      At the start of the off-season, the Red Sox came out swinging and made several (potentially) solid moves. It seemed like losing made them mad and they weren’t going to take it lying down.

      I figured the Angels would adopt a similar policy to show everyone that 2010 was just a fluke.

      And yet…

  2. uyf1950 - Feb 14, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    “…for now” says all that needs to be said.

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