Angels agree to deal with reliever Blake Wood ahead of arbitration deadline

first_imgThe Angels agreed to a one-year $1.45-million deal with reliever Blake Wood, just hours ahead of Friday’s deadline for offering arbitration to eligible players.Wood, 32, was a likely candidate for an early signing because the Angels were interested in keeping him, but his projected arbitration salary of $2.2 million was perhaps a little high.In situations like that, teams try to reach agreements early at lesser amounts, or else non-tender the player.Wood pitched just 17 innings for the Angels after they claimed him from the Cincinnati Reds on waivers in August. Although he had a 4.76 ERA, his 22 strikeouts and four walks encouraged the Angels to bring him back. As expected, the Angels offered arbitration to their other 10 eligible players: starters Garrett Richards, Matt Shoemaker, Tyler Skaggs, Andrew Heaney and JC Ramirez, relievers Cam Bedrosian, Blake Parker and Jose Alvarez, catcher Martin Maldonado and first baseman C.J. Cron. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img