The Angels had until 9:00 PM PT to tender a contract to arbitration-eligible players and decided to give five contracts, and non-tender four.
The five tendered contracts were they five expected; Mark Trumbo, David Freese, Ernesto Frieri, Kevin Jepsen, and Fernanda Salas.
Tommy Hanson, Chris Nelson, Juan Gutierrez, and Jerome Williams were non-tendered, which saved the Angels around $10 million for 2014.
Tommy Hanson, 27, was a favorite of Mike Scoscia who saw a lot of potential in the young shooting guard statured right hander. In his one season with the Angels he mustered a 4-3 record with a 5.42 earned-run-average. Hanson was sent to Triple-A Salt Lake originally due to an injury, but stayed down to develop a tad bit more, and never fully recovered to come back up to the big club.
Chris Nelson, 28, was a mid-season pickup who struggled at the plate. Nelson struck out over 30% of his plate appearances, and hit just .220 over his 33 games with the Angels.
Juan Gutierrez, 30, was another mid-season pickup for the Angels was picked up as an early relief, one-inning pitcher. Gutierrez is loved in the clubhouse for his positive attitude, but struggled on the mound just a little too much with a 5.19 earned-run-average and 1.462 WHIP.
Jerome Williams, 31, was probably the hardest goodbye of the day for Angels fans. Williams had a 19-18 record with a 4.46 earned-run-average over his two seasons with the Angels. Williams' two-seam fastball was a personal favorite of mine when it came to specific pitches in the Angels rotation.
Williams expressed his emotions toward the Angels organization and fans through Twitter prior to the actual announcement of his non-tendering.
"First and foremost, I wanna thank the Angels organization for the opportunity to get back in the big leagues. It's been an awesome time. Met new faces and even better people. Wish all the guys luck in the next upcoming year. Now it's time to move on to the next chapter. And lastly, thank you fans. You always were supportive no matter what was happening. Thank you."
The Angels opened up around $10 million towards salaries for the 2014 season, and right now have right around $15 million spending money before reaching the luxury tax of $189 million.
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