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Angels news: Kole Calhoun signs three-year extension

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With the offseason winding down, the Los Angeles Angels have locked up outfielder Kole Calhoun to a three-year, $26 million extension, according to ESPN.com.

The new contract will decrease his 2017 salary to $6 million. Calhoun’s is set to make $8.5 million in 2018 and $10.5 million in 2019 along with a $14 million option for the 2020 season with a $1 million buyout. He could also receive a $500,000 increase each time he earns a Gold Glove award during the duration of the deal. 

“I couldn’t be more excited to continue being an Angel for at least three more years, and hopefully more after that,” Calhoun said, according to MLB.com. “It’s an organization that I’ve been raised in, I’ve grown in and the only organization I know.”

Calhoun has spent his entire professional baseball career with Los Angeles since being drafted in the eighth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. In his first three full seasons, he has held down the starting right field spot that includes earning a Gold Glove award in the 2015 season. 

In the 2016 season, the 29-year-old batted .271 with 18 home runs and 75 RBIs along while setting career highs with 35 doubles and 91 runs scored. He is the first Angels’ right fielder to post three consecutive campaigns with 15-plus home runs since Torii Hunter did so in 2011 and 2012, and the first home-grown right fielder to record that feat since Tim Salmon (1999-03). 

Calhoun is also just the third Angels’ right fielder with multiple 30 double and 15 home runs campaigns joining Salmon and Vladimir Guerrero. His 91 runs scored were the most by a right fielder since Bobby Abreu had 96 runs in 2009.

The Angles now have another core piece locked into a deal at least through the 2019 season joining Andrelton Simmons, Albert Pujols, and Mike Trout

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He's also currently a sports freelance writer for Sports Uncut. He's also the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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