Players began arriving at the Angels' spring training complex Sunday with the usual assortment of physical issues both good (catcher Bobby Wilson dropped 33 pounds) and bad (Kendry Morales is "not running 100 percent" yet, according to manager Mike Scioscia).
But the Angels seem to have avoided one potential issue -- Jered Weaver does not appear to be carrying a chip on his shoulder after losing his arbitration case last week.
"It was interesting - kind of fun in a way," said Weaver who attended the four-hour hearing in Arizona Wednesday, listening as both sides made their cases. The arbitrator sided with the Angels and their $7.365 million offer. (Weaver had sought $8.8 million.)
"It wasn't like sitting in math class where I wasn't paying attention. It was interesting. It's one of those things I wish I didn't have to do. But the game has become very business-oriented and the biggest thing I learned is that business is business."
Weaver would not answer questions about what the Angels had used to win their case despite the fact that the 28-year-old right-hander emerged as the staff ace in 2010, making his first All-Star team while going 13-12 with a 3.01 ERA and a major-league leading 233 strikeouts. But he said it was "nothing I didn't hear already, wasn't too harsh" and nothing that "bothered me too much."
"I've got a pretty thick skin," he said. "We told them how we felt. The Angels told them how they felt and the arbitrators agreed with what the Angels said.
"It's nothing against the Angels, nothing against me. I hope they'd say the same thing. It's not going to change the way I go about my business."
Weaver will be eligible for arbitration again next winter and is not eligible for free agency until after the 2012 season. The Angels did begin discussions on a multi-year contract extension this winter but "from my understanding, it never went anywhere," according to Weaver who said his agent, Scott Boras, never gave him any contract figures to think about from those discussions.
Weaver not bitter over arbitration loss
Orange County Register | Feb 14