The Angels were unable to come to agreements on 2016 contracts for pitcher Garrett Richards and right fielder Kole Calhoun by Friday, so the sides exchanged salary figures in anticipation of possible arbitration hearings in February.
The Angels offerered Richards, in his second year of arbitration, $5.3 million, and the right-hander countered with $7.1 million. The team offered Calhoun, in his first year of arbitration, $2.35 million, and Calhoun asked for $3.9 million.
The sides have two more weeks to reach a settlement, with mid-points of $6.2 million for Richards and $3.125 million for Calhoun. If either can’t reach an agreement, he would go to a February hearing in which an arbitrator would choose either the team’s salary offer or the player’s figure.
The hard-throwing Richards, 27, was the team’s top starting pitcher last season, going 15-12 with a 3.65 earned-run average in 32 starts, striking out 176 and walking 76 in 207 1/3 innings.
Richards spent all of last winter rehabilitating from surgery for a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee, an injury that ended his 2014 season in late August.
Calhoun, 28, hit .256 with 26 home runs, 23 doubles, 83 runs batted in and 78 runs last season and was a standout on defense, winning his first Gold Glove Award.
The Angels were able to reach agreements with their other two arbitration-eligible players, signing pitcher Hector Santiago for $5 million and reliever Fernando Salas for $2.4 million.