Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 1/29/13
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The Angels avoided arbitration with reliever Kevin Jepsen on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with the hard-throwing right-hander on a 1.181-million deal for 2013 that includes an awards package. Jepsen, who rebounded from 2011 knee surgery to go 3-2 with a 3.02 earned-run average in 49 appearances last season, had asked for 1.4 million, and the team countered with 975,000, a fairly sizeable gap for a non-closing reliever in the first year of arbitration. But the sides settled right around the midway point, assuring that the Angels will avoid going to a hearing with any of their arbitration-eligible players. Pitchers Jason Vargas (8.5 million), Tommy Hanson (3.725 million) and Jerome Williams (2 million) all reached agreement with the team this month, and third baseman Alberto Callaspo has agreed to a two-year, 8.975-million deal pending a physical. -Mike DiGiovanna
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