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 would 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 RBI in 79 games, providing an offensive upgrade over the Angels’ three 2011 catchers.
He sat out for 2½ 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.
Kemp has shoulder surgery
Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp had surgery on his left shoulder on Friday and should be ready for Opening Day.
During the 60-minute procedure at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, Dr. Neal ElAttrache repaired a tear of the labrum in Kemp’s shoulder and some minor damage to the rotator cuff, the team said.
Kemp will begin physical therapy in a week-to-10 days and is expected to start swinging a bat in early January. The Dodgers open the season April 1 against San Francisco.
Kemp, a right-handed hitter, batted .303, with 23 home runs and 69 RBIs this season.
Ryan will be Twins GM
Minnesota Twins General Manager Terry Ryan has removed the interim tag from his title.
Ryan said Friday he’s “all set and committed and ready to go” to try to turn around the Twins, who lost 96 games this season and 99 the year before.
His first offseason moves came Thursday, when he told bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek, third-base coach Steve Liddle, first-base coach Jerry White and head athletic trainer Rick McWane their contracts weren’t being renewed.
Hitting coach Joe Vavra and bench coach Scott Ullger will stay on the staff but in different roles.
Manager Ron Gardenhire will enter the final year of his contract without an extension.
Ryan resigned as general manager in 2007 and remained as an adviser until Bill Smith was fired last year.
More seats in Wrigley Field
The Chicago Cubs received permission to add seats at Wrigley Field. Just days after the Cubs completed one of the worst seasons in team history, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks gave the team permission Thursday to add more seats. The commission said Cubs officials can move a brick wall at Wrigley Field three feet closer to home plate so 56 more seats can be installed.
By shrinking foul territory by 3 feet, fans will have a better chance of catching foul balls behind the plate.