The team is not expected to make a similar tender offer to
The Angels would like Beckham back as a utility infielder or as insurance in case they trade second baseman Howie Kendrick or Freese, but not at $5 million, the salary Beckham, 28, is projected to make in his third year of arbitration.
Beckham, who hit .268 in 26 games for the Angels last season, primarily plays second base but also showed an ability to play third and shortstop.
The Angels will not bring back veteran infielder
Freese, 31, had a subpar 2014 season, batting .260 with 10 homers and 55 RBIs in 134 games. He missed three weeks of May because of a fractured middle finger on his right hand.
But with third-base prospect Kaleb Cowart, a former first-round pick, stalled at double-A, the Angels don’t have a better in-house option at third base. So they will secure Freese, who was acquired from the
Of the Angels’ seven other arbitration-eligible players, six are locks to be tendered 2015 contracts — Garrett Richards,