SEATTLE -- The Angels and catcher Chris Iannetta hold a $5 million mutual option for next season -- and there's mutual interest in a return for 2013.
"It's certainly something we're interested in," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said, after gushing about his catcher.
"I want to be here -- I think I've made that pretty clear," Iannetta said. "I love to be here. I like the city, I like the team, I like the organization. It's a very well-respected organization and I like to be a part of it."
Whether they simply trigger the option or work out something long term remains to be seen. But based on their comments, it seems like a sure bet that Iannetta will indeed be back behind the plate next season.
The 29-year-old missed nearly three months due to right wrist surgery and a right forearm strain, but has displayed his value since returning in late July, batting .261 with a .345 on-base percentage while establishing a good rapport with the pitching staff, catching almost every day and bringing much-needed plate discipline to the No. 9 spot.
"I think it's an absolute shame that Chris had to deal with the injury he had to deal with, because what we've seen since Chris came back from the disabled list is Chris Iannetta," said Dipoto, who acquired Iannetta from the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Tyler Chatwood last November. "This is what he does. This is who he is."