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K-Rod, set-up man Shields avoid arbitration with Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Francisco Rodriguez, who had a major
league-leading 47 saves last season, avoided arbitration with the
Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday by agreeing to a one-year, $7 million
contract.

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The Angels also agreed to terms with reliever Scot Shields and
infielder Robb Quinlan -- their other arbitration-eligible players.

Rodriguez, a 25-year-old right-hander, went 2-3 with a 1.73 ERA
last year. He allowed only 52 hits in 73 innings while walking 28
and striking out 98.

Rodriguez was 2-5 with a 2.67 ERA and 45 saves in 2005, his
first year as the Angels' closer. He was the primary setup man to
Troy Percival the previous two years.

The Angels signed Rodriguez as a minor league free agent in
1998, and after joining them late in the 2002 season, he won five
games during their playoff run to the World Series championship. He
has a 16-12 lifetime record with a 2.29 ERA and 106 saves in 268
games.

Shields will earn $3.4 million next season. Quinlan agreed to a
two-year, $1.85 million contract.

Shields, a 31-year-old right-hander who has been the primary
setup man to Rodriguez the past two years, was 7-7 with a 2.87 ERA
and two saves in 74 games last season.

Shields, a 38th-round selection in the 1997 free-agent draft,
made his big-league debut with the Angels in 2001. He has an
overall record of 35-29 with a 2.81 ERA with 14 saves in 293 games.

The 29-year-old Quinlan hit .321 with nine homers and 32 RBIs in
86 games last season. A 10th-round selection in the 1999 free-agent
draft, he has a .302 career average with 19 homers and 73 RBIs in
234 games with the Angels.

Quinlan will earn $800,000 this year and $1.05 million in 2008.
In addition, he will receive an extra $50,000 each for 250, 300 and
350 plate appearances.