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Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun avoids arbitration, signs for $3.4 million

Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun avoids arbitration, signs for $3.4 million
Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun bats against the Athletics during a game at Angel Stadium on Sept. 30. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

The Angels settled their final arbitration case Tuesday night, agreeing to terms with right fielder Kole Calhoun on a one-year, $3.4-million contract for 2016.

Calhoun, in his first year of salary arbitration, settled well above the midpoint of the figures he and the team exchanged earlier this month. Calhoun had asked for $3.9 million, and the Angels countered with $2.35 million. The midpoint was $3.15 million.

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Calhoun, 28, has put together two strong seasons for the Angels, batting .272 with 17 home runs, 31 doubles and 58 runs batted in in 2014 and .256 with 26 homers, 23 doubles and 83 RBIs in 2015. The strong-armed outfielder also won his first Gold Glove Award last season.

Calhoun, who appeared in 21 games in 2012 and 58 games in 2013, qualified for arbitration as a "Super Two" player by accruing two years and 130 days of service time over the past four years, putting him right at the cutoff for first-year arbitration eligibility.

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