Angels, Kendrick agree to $33.5M, 4-year deal

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- 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.