The Angels announced that Kole Calhoun has signed a three-year contract extension that will keep the outfielder on the squad through the 2019 campaign. The agreement also contains a club option for the 2020 season. Other outlets have reported that the deal is worth $26 million, with the 2020 club option amounting to an additional $14 million.
Calhoun, 29, wrapped up his fifth big league season in 2016, batting .271 with 35 doubles, five triples, 18 home runs and 91 runs scored. He set new career highs in doubles, triples, runs, walks (67) and OBP (.348), and matched a career-best with 161 hits.
Calhoun became just the second Angels right fielder all-time to tally 35 doubles, five triples and 15 home runs in a single season, joining Angels Hall of Famer Garret Anderson who accomplished the feat in 1998.
Calhoun has amassed a .266 average with 97 doubles, 12 triples, 69 home runs and 249 RBI in 522 games since making his Major League debut with the Angels in 2012. Since the start of the 2013 season, Calhoun is one of two American League right fielders to log 275 runs, 50 home runs and 200 RBI (also, Jose Bautista).
But Calhoun has not just been an asset at the plate, as he has also sparkled with the glove. In 2015, after leading American League right fielders in defensive runs saved and ultimate zone rating, he became the eighth Angel outfielder to capture a Rawlings Gold Glove Award and first to do so since Torii Hunter in 2009.
A product of the organization's farm system, Calhoun was originally drafted by the Angels in the eighth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona State University.
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services