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All eligible Angels to be tendered contracts

All eligible Angels to be tendered contracts

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All eligible Angels to be tendered contracts
ANAHEIM -- The Angels will be tendering contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players, a list that includes first baseman Kendrys Morales, second baseman Howard Kendrick, shortstop Erick Aybar and third baseman Alberto Callaspo, the team announced on Monday night.

Earlier in the day, the club signed another arbitration-eligible player, journeyman starter Jerome Williams, to a one-year, $820,000 contract.

All clubs have until 9 p.m. PT on Monday to tender contracts to players on their 40-man roster. Sometimes clubs will opt not to tender contracts to players because they don't want to pay them the money they're slated to receive through arbitration, and they can't trade them.

A non-tendered player joins the free-agent pool.

Thus Morales, the slugger who has missed 1 1/2 seasons with a broken lower left leg, was a perceived non-tender candidate, but general manager Jerry Dipoto said on Saturday that the club would keep its options open with the switch-hitter.

Morales, who's hitting and doing some light jogging in Arizona, will have to prove he can run at full speed in Spring Training -- something he was unable to do last season. If he is healthy, his presence could be beneficial with Albert Pujols onboard.

"The one thing that sets us up really well," manager Mike Scioscia said on Saturday, "is if Kendrys Morales is coming back; just his presence, being from the left side."

MLBTradeRumors.com projects that Morales (arbitration-eligible for a second time this offseason) would get $2.8 million if he goes to a hearing, with Kendrick (third time) getting $5.2 million, Aybar (third time) $4.7 million and Callaspo (second time) $3.1 million.

Arbitration hearings can be scheduled at any point from Feb. 1-21. Teams have until their scheduled hearings to work out deals with their arbitration-eligible players.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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