Angels, Figgins avoid arbitration

Updated: January 14, 2009, 9:06 PM ET
Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels avoided arbitration with versatile Chone Figgins by agreeing Wednesday to a $5,775,000, one-year contract with the team's career stolen base leader Wednesday.

Figgins, who turns 31 next week, hit .276 with one homer and 22 RBIs in 116 games with the Angels last season. He also stole a team-leading 34 bases, raising his career total to 238. His 223 steals since the beginning of the 2004 season are the second-most in the AL to Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford (238).

The switch-hitting Figgins has mostly played third base in recent years, but has also been used at second, short and in the outfield. He made his big league debut with the Angels in 2002.

Four Angels remain eligible for file for arbitration Thursday: shortstop Maicer Izturis, catcher Mike Napoli, third baseman Robb Quinlan and right-hander Ervin Santana. In addition, free-agent left-hander Darren Oliver accepted arbitration from the Angels last month.


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