Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 1/9/12

TEMPE, AZ - FEBRUARY 25: Howie Kendrick #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim poses during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium on February 25, 2009 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- All-Star second baseman Howie Kendrick has agreed to a 33.5 million, four-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, passing up a chance to hit the free-agent market after next season. The team announced the move Monday, the latest in a busy offseason spending spree for the Angels and new general manager Jerry Dipoto. The 28-year-old Kendrick batted .285 with a career-best 18 homers and 63 RBIs in 140 games last year, making his first All-Star team. He was eligible for arbitration this offseason. Last month, the Angels added slugger Albert Pujols with a 240 million, 10-year contract and left-hander C.J. Wilson with a 77.5 million, five-year deal. Relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins agreed to a 3 million, one-year contract.
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