The Angels will not go to an arbitration hearing with starting pitcher J.C. Ramirez. The team on Thursday agreed with the right-hander on a salary of $1,901,000 for 2019, according to a source familiar with the negotiation proceedings.
Ramirez, a 30-year-old who will spend most of the first half recovering from last year's elbow ligament replacement surgery, is the first of eight Angels eligible for salary arbitration to settle on a contract this offseason. The Angels have until Friday's 10 a.m. PT league deadline to agree with the others.
The other Angels still eligible for salary arbitration are left-handers Andrew Heaney and Tyler Skaggs; right-handers Cam Bedrosian, Luis Garcia, Hansel Robles and Nick Tropeano; and infielder Tommy La Stella.
If they don't reach a consensus, both sides will exchange salary figures and obtain a trial date for early February. They can agree to terms in the weeks before the hearing.