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3.03.2007

Angels Hand Out Nine Contracts


The Los Angeles Angels gave contracts to nine players and renewed deals with two others on Friday, including righthander Jered Weaver.

The 24-year-old Weaver won his first nine decisions before a 2-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox last August, finishing with an 11-2 record and a 2.56 ERA with 105 strikeouts over 19 starts.

Also coming to terms on a new contract was right-hander Ervin Santana, who was 16-8 with a 4.28 ERA with 141 strikeouts in 2006. Over two seasons, he is 28-16 with a 4.42 ERA, averaging 7.99 strikeouts per nine - the American League's second-best mark behind Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana.

Left-handed pitcher Joe Saunders, who went 7-3 with a 4.71 ERA last year, was given a new deal, as well.

[Los Angeles Angels News]

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