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Angels avoid arbitration with righty Jepsen

Angels avoid arbitration with righty Jepsen

ANAHEIM -- The Angels settled on a 2013 contract with relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen on Tuesday, thus avoiding arbitration with any of their eligible players.

Jepsen, who was in his first year of arbitration, will make $1,181,250 in 2013. When the two sides exchanged figures on Jan. 18, the 28-year-old asked for $1.4 million and the Angels countered with $975,000.

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Knee surgery cut Jepsen's season short in 2011. But by the end of 2012, the hard-throwing right-hander had found his groove and returned to a prominent role in the Angels' bullpen, finishing with a 3.02 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 44 2/3 innings.

Over his last 26 2/3 innings, spanning the final two months of the season, he gave up six earned runs, struck out 24 batters and walked eight.

Jason Vargas ($8.5 million), Tommy Hanson ($3.725 million) and Jerome Williams ($2 million) previously avoided arbitration. Third baseman Alberto Callaspo recently agreed to terms on a two-year, $8.975 million contract that will buy out his first season of free agency and will be finalized as soon as he flies in from Venezuela for his physical.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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