Angels’ Jeff Mathis wins arbitration hearing, and $1.3-million salary

By February 20, 2010Jeff Mathis

February 20, 2010 — LA Times — By Mike DiGiovanna

Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. — Jeff Mathis didn’t have much in the way of regular-season offensive statistics to support his case in arbitration, but the catcher’s impressive defensive resume and some big playoff hits apparently swayed a three-person panel in his favor.

Mathis was awarded a salary of $1.3 million on Friday, a significant amount over the $700,000 figure submitted by the Angels.

The 26-year-old, who shares time behind the plate with Mike Napoli, hit only .211 with five home runs and 28 runs batted in last season.

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