Thursday, January 19, 2006

MLB.com: Donnelly Signs One Year Deal for $950k

The Angels brought their final arbitration-eligible player into the fold on Wednesday by signing reliever Brendan Donnelly to a one-year deal worth a reported $950,000. Donnelly more than doubled his 2004 salary of $420,000. The big right-hander had requested $1.05 million when exchanging arbitration figures with the Halos and the team countered with an offer of $850,000.

Donnelly was the last of seven arbitration cases the Angels faced this year. With all players now under contract GM Bill Stoneman can concentrate on putting together multi-year deals for players the Angels are interested in retaining long-term. Presumably that would include Frankie Rodriguez, John Lackey and Chone Figgins in the near-term.

The 34-year old Donnelly has become an important set-up man for the Angel bullpen though last season he may be best remembered for getting suspended by the league for having pine tar (an illegal substance for fielders) on his glove. Donnelly contended that as a 'big guy' he tended to sweat a lot and needed the pine tar to keep the ball from slipping out of his hand. Coincidentally, the Washington DC native was called to task for the illegal substance by Nationals manager Frank Robinson who had a short but bitter exchange with Angels skipper Mike Scioscia through the media with Robinson declaring he had lost some respect for the Angels manager.

Donnelly had spent ten years toiling in the minor leagues before the Angels promoted him in 2002. Donnelly led all Angel pitchers with five World Series appearances that year and did not allow a run in 7 2/3 innings as the Angels claimed their first and only World Championship.

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