Thursday, January 27, 2011

Angels, Weaver Discussing Extension

Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the Angels have opened up discussions with ace Jered Weaver regarding a long-term contract extension.  

Weaver, 28, is entering his second year of arbitration eligibility.  When arbitration figures were exchanged last week, Weaver reportedly requested $8.8M, while the Angels countered with $7.365M.  Weaver made $4.63M in 2010.  With arbitration hearings occurring during mid-to-late February, the two sides don't have a lot of time to come to a multiyear agreement.  If Weaver and the Angels can't agree to terms before the hearings begin, negotiations will likely be tabled until either the All-Star break or next offseason.

It's important to note that Weaver's agent is the one and only Scott Boras.  As I've mentioned a few times before, Boras rarely allows his clients to agree to a contract that buys out arbitration and free agent seasons.  Of course, that's not to say he hasn't made exceptions.  Carlos Gonzalez's seven year $80M deal with Rockies last month is an example of the occasional exception Boras has made.  Typically, though, when he makes such an exception, it's because the team is willing to surrender a significant portion of their leverage to sign the player.  Unless the Angels are willing to do that, the prospects of a long-term deal seem unlikely. 

Jered Weaver finished the 2010 season with a 13-12 record, 3.06 FIP, 9.35 K/9, 4.31 K/BB, and 5.9 WAR.

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