Jered Weaver and the Angels went through a salary arbitration hearing today to determine how much the Halos ace will make in the 2011 season. Weaver is due a size-able raise after he led the Major Leagues with 233 strikeouts and posted a 3.01 ERA in 2010. Jered threw a career-best 224 1/3 innings and was second in the AL only to Cliff Lee in base runners allowed per nine innings at 9.67.
In short he was brilliant. Weaver requested a salary of $8.8 million for 2011 after making $4.265 million last year. The Angels countered with a $7.375 million. My guess is they will meet somewhere in the middle around the 8 million dollar mark. The final terms should be announced sometime tomorrow.
The Hangout View: The Angels need to sign Jered Weaver to a long term extension. He has the potential to be a legit ace for the next several years. After letting fan favorites John Lackey, Chone Figgins, Vlad Guerrero and K Rod walk they have already gotten the label as a team who will not shell out the dough to keep their top players. Weaver is still young at 28 and if a deal is not reach by next season he will become a free agent in 2012. The two sides are said to have begun to talk extension last week. The Angels should step to the plate and offer Jered a 5 -6 year deal in the 80 -90 million dollar range similar to the Tigers Justin Verlander.