ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Chris Iannetta and the Los Angeles Angels agreed Friday to a $15.55 million, three-year contract, a deal that keeps the catcher from becoming a free agent.
The Angels announced the deal two days after they missed the playoffs for the third straight year.
Iannetta's previous contract contained a $5 million club option for 2013 with a $500,000 buyout, but the deal said the option woild become mutual if he was traded, and Colorado dealt him to the Angels last Nov. 30 for right-hander Tyler Chatwood. The option price had escalated to $5.05 million.
The new deal keeps the $5.05 million for 2013 and calls for salaries of $4,975,000 for 2014 and $5,525,000 for 2015.
The contract includes up to $500,000 in performance bonuses based on starts at catcher for 2013: $100,000 each for 100, 110, 115, 120 and 125. There is $725,000 available in each of the following two seasons: $100,000 for 90 and $125,000 each for 100, 100, 115, 120 and 125.
Iannetta provided solid defense and hit .240 with nine homers and 26 RBIs in 79 games, providing an offensive upgrade over the Angels' three 2011 catchers.
He sat out for 2 1/2 months with a broken right wrist. He was hurt May 2 against Minnesota, but stayed in the game to finish catching Jered Weaver's no-hitter.
Alex Smith in, Kirk Cousins out.
That's certainly the headline, but there are plenty of other questions for the Redskins, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.
For the last two seasons, most of the questions going into OTAs for Washington came from the defensive side of the ball. After consecutive drafts with a first-round defensive lineman selection, the defense should be much improved.
On offense, however, there are a lot of new parts.
- The headliner - No position in sports is as important as NFL quarterback. This will be Alex Smith's first action in a Redskins uniform with media present. The 34-year-old veteran is coming off the best season of his career, and if he can continue that level of accuracy and play-making, the Redskins could be poised for an explosive year.
- The speedster - Washington's wideouts lacked separation in 2017. It was apparent through much of the year, and likely played a roll in some of Kirk Cousins' reluctance to make tough throws. Free agent addition Paul Richardson is supposed to help, immediately. He has elite deep speed and the 'Skins brass hopes he can bring a similar element to the offense that DeSean Jackson provided a few years back. Time to prove it Paul.
- The injuries - There are big reasons for concern, namely two very large men in Jordan Reed and Trent Williams. Reed will not participate in OTAs, and has been dealing with a foot/toe injury for the better part of a year. Williams, who seems highly unlikely to attend OTAs, underwent knee surgery in January. Beyond Smith, Reed and Williams are probably the two most important offensive players on the Redskins. OTAs aren't important, Reed and Williams participating, or even attending, OTAs is not important. Both men being healthy and ready to go in September is quite important.
- The Rookie - Has Derrius Guice become the most popular player on the Redskins? Maybe. The dynamic rookie running back, with an interesting draft weekend slide, has the charisma and ability to be a star. The "off-field concerns" that hurt his draft status seem like myths at this point, but there was some injury concern his junior season at LSU (see video above). Guice has an opportunity to be a huge part of the Redskins offense, and all eyes will be watching the rookie.
- The leap? - In 2017, Josh Doctson showed flashes of the player that warranted a first-round pick in 2016. Will 2018 be the year he proves it, week after week, game after game? Getting off to a good start with Smith should help, and even more important would be an injury-free offseason.
There are questions for the defense too, particularly at cornerback after Josh Norman, but this year, the offense has more new parts.
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