The Angels Wednesday agreed to terms on a 2011 contract with catcher Jeff Mathis, thus avoiding arbitration. Today's announcement was made by General Manager Tony Reagins.
Mathis, 27, spent his third full season with the Angels in 2010, batting .195 (40/205) with 19 runs scored, six doubles, one triple, three home runs and 18 RBI in 68 games played. The backstop started the season batting .324 (11/34) before fracturing his right wrist, April 19, causing him to miss 55 games. Despite the injury, Mathis put together a 13-game hit streak from April 5-June 22, matching the longest streak by an Angel in 2010 (Alberto Callaspo, August 14-28).
Mathis is the second Angel to agree to terms and avoid arbitration, leaving the Angels with six remaining arbitration-eligible players (Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick, Kendry Morales, Mike Napoli, Jered Weaver & Reggie Willits).
The Marianna, Fla., native was originally selected by the Angels in the first round (33rd overall pick) of the 2001 amateur draft. He owns a .199 career batting average with 36 doubles, 23 home runs and 117 RBI in 333 games. Mathis is single and resides in Marianna.