Angels avoid arbitration with Freese, Jepsen

The Sports NetworkJanuary 31, 2014 

Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim avoided arbitration with their final two eligible players on Friday, agreeing to terms with third baseman David Freese and pitcher Kevin Jepsen.

Freese signed a $5.05 million contract and Jepsen inked a $1.46 million deal, according to MLB.com.

Freese, 30, hit a career-low .262 with nine home runs and 60 RBI in 138 games last season with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals sent Freese and reliever Fernando Salas to Anaheim this past offseason in exchange for center fielder Peter Bourjos and outfield prospect Randal Grichuk.

Freese batted .397 with five homers and 21 RBI in the 2011 postseason en route to NLCS and World Series MVP honors.

Jepsen has spent all six of Major League seasons with the Halos, compiling a 13-16 record and a 4.34 ERA in 241 relief appearances.

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