Pitchers Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs and Matt Shoemaker agreeing to one-year deals with the Los Angeles Angels along with the team’s other seven arbitration-eligible players.
Richards, the team’s ace, agreed at $7.3 million. He made one start last April before missing the next five months while rehabbing a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. The 29-year-old right-hander has made just six starts in each of the past two seasons because of elbow injuries. Richards earned $6.85 last season and can become a free agent after the 2018 season.
Skaggs agreed at $1,875,000 plus awards bonuses. The left-hander was 2-6 with a 4.55 ERA last season, when he missed three months because of injury. He made $555,000.
Shoemaker receives $4,125,000. Like Richards and Skaggs, he was derailed by injury last season when he was 6-3 with a 4.52 ERA in 14 starts. The right-hander took a line drive off his head in early September and missed the rest of the season. He is healthy again and expected to be ready for the start of spring training. Shoemaker made $3,325,000.
First baseman C.J. Cron agreed to $2.3 million. He batted .248 with 16 home runs and 56 RBIs in 100 games. Cron’s at-bats could be limited with Luis Valbuena expected to start at first base against right-handers and Albert Pujols getting the nod when Japanese star Shohei Ohtani starts at designated hitter. Cron made $565,000.