Angels sign catcher Chris Iannetta to three-year extension
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Los Angeles Angels have signed catcher Chris Iannetta to a three-year, $15.5 million extension that will keep him behind the plate through 2015.
“It was a no-brainer for us to move forward with Chris,” Angels general manager Chris Dipoto said. “We feel like he hits on all the different traits that we value behind the plate.”
Iannetta had a $5 million mutual option on his contract for 2013, which he exercised. The Angels topped that by offering him a three-year extension that he immediately accepted, proving his earlier statement that he would like to stay with the team.
“I wanted to be here,” Iannetta said. “I’m not a guy that’s all about going out and trying to maximize a contract as much as I possibly can. I wanted a situation that’s good, I wanted a situation where I feel comfortable, and this is obviously it.”
“I’m glad it’s for three years, just because I want to go out there and play and focus on baseball, and not worry about the contract stuff,” he added.
The Angels now have four of their key players signed to long-term deals. The team earlier signed ace Jered Weaver to a five-year, $85 million extension in August 2011, second baseman Howie Kendrick to a four-year, $33.5 million contract last January and shortstop Erick Aybar to a four-years, $35 million deal last April.
In his first move as general manager, Dipoto traded right-hander Tyler Chatwood to the Colorado Rockies on Nov. 30 for Iannetta, who batted 260 with a .337 on-base percentage over the final two months after returning from right wrist surgery and right forearm strain which kept him out of commission from early May to late July.
“Chris fits for us. What he brings to this team goes way beyond what you see in the stat sheet,” Dipoto said. “Chris is the type of makeup player, the type of leader behind the plate and the type of consistent presence that we’re looking for in all of our players, and quite frankly, it’s a very important trait for the catcher.”