Angels Re-Sign Morales, Aybar, Kendrick and Willits

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The Angels today announced the club has agreed to terms on 2011 contracts with Kendry Morales, Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick and Reggie Willits thus avoiding arbitration with each player. Today's announcement was made by General Manager Tony Reagins.

With today's agreements, the Angels have two remaining arbitration-eligible players (Mike Napoli & Jered Weaver).

Morales, 27, was limited to 51 games after suffering a fractured lower left leg following his game-ending grand slam in the 10th inning on May 29, 2010 vs. Seattle. At the time of the injury, he was leading the club in batting average (.290), home runs (11), total bases (94) and RBI (39).

Aybar, who turned 27 last week, appeared in a career-high 138 games in 2010 despite missed time in June and September. He finished batting .253 (135/534) with five home runs and 29 RBI and logged a career-best 22 stolen bases.

Kendrick, 27, logged career-bests in several categories in 2010 including games played (158), runs scored (67), hits (172), doubles (41), triples (4), total bases (251), RBI (75) and stolen bases (14). He also equaled his career-high with 10 home runs. Kendrick's career batting average of .295 (570/1935) ranks fifth best in Angels' history.

Willits, 29, appeared in 97 games with the Angels in 2010 and hit .258 (41/159) with 23 runs scored, seven doubles and eight RBI. He made starts at all three outfield positions, logging five assists and committing just one error in 115 total chances (.991).


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