Catcher seeks $1.3 million

Updated: February 19, 2010, 1:25 AM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels catcher Jeff Mathis missed the first workout of the spring Thursday in order to attend his arbitration hearing in Tampa, Fla.

Mathis, 26, is seeking a salary of $1.3 million, while the Angels are countering with an offer of $700,000. Arbitrators should have a decision by the end of the day, and Mathis is expected to fly to Arizona in time for Friday's workout.

Mathis is the defensive specialist in the Angels' catching platoon with slugger Mike Napoli. He batted ...

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