Monday, January 17, 2005

DaVanon Inks One-Year-Deal for $950k

MLB.com is reporting that Angels reserve outfielder Jeff DaVanon avoided abritration this week by agreeing to a one-year deal with L.A. of A. reported to be worth $950,000. The deal has additional bonus money slated for DaVanon if he reaches a prescribed number of plate appearances or games played. 350 plate appearances or 110 games played earns him $30,000, 400 appearances or 120 games nets $20,000 more and if he makes it to bat 450 times or plays in 130 games then DaVanon would collect another $20,000 for a total of $70,000. Last Season DaVanon played in 108 games and hit .277 with 7 HR, 43 RBI and 17 SB.

A quality signing for the Angels that gives them some much needed proven depth at all three outfield positions where current starters include a 41-year-old, an arthritic and an MVP who could, on any given swing, torque his back into two months on the DL. In addition to DaVanon the Halos have Juan Rivera slated as the other backup outfielder and either player could step-in and start when necessary.

DaVanon missed arbitration eligibility last season by just a few days of service and was forced to play the 2004 season at just above the major league minimum. So it was fitting that DaVanon sucked it up, did not complain and now is rewarded with a 300% raise.

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