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01/12/11 6:30 PM EST

Mathis, Halos reach deal to avoid arbitration

Catcher agrees to one-year contract worth $1.7 million

The Angels have reached an agreement with catcher Jeff Mathis on a one-year contract, avoiding a potential arbitration hearing.

Mathis agreed to a one-year, $1.7 million contract with an extra $50,000 each for 110 and 120 games started.

Mathis, who has spent the past four years sharing time as the Angels' starting catcher, batted .195 with three home runs and 18 RBIs in 68 games and 218 plate appearances in 2010. Mathis, whose leadership, defense and play-calling ability have been a big part of the Angels' success the past four years, missed two months with a fractured right wrist.

The Angels are left with six players still eligible for arbitration: infielders Erick Aybar and Howard Kendrick, catcher Mike Napoli, first baseman Kendry Morales, outfielder Reggie Willits and pitcher Jered Weaver.

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