In 2015, Kole Calhoun lost ground as a run-scorer and on-base threat, but he did enough elsewhere to work his way into the top 30 in Fantasy value for outfielders. Despite typically batting in one of the top two spots in the Angels' order, Calhoun drove in 83 runs and he had a legitimate power binge over the season's final three months. From the beginning of July on, Calhoun crushed 19 home runs. He still may have left a bad impression heading into the offseason, as he struck out 48 times in his final 126 at-bats. Those final 30 games could just be an aberration, but Calhoun's extended power surge could have some legs. He is a reasonable fallback option as a third outfielder in standard mixed leagues.
Calhoun agreed to a one-year, $3.4 million deal with the Angels on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports. The club had offered $2.35 million, and Calhoun had asked for $3.9 million, so the player was able to do better than the midpoint in this case. Of course, both sides know this is still a great bargain for the team, as Calhoun has been worth 7.5 fWAR over the past two seasons. He should occupy the No. 2 spot in the order in 2016, right in front of Mike Trout, and should be a solid OF3 in standard leagues.
Calhoun became arbitration-eligible by the margin of one day, the Orange County Register reports. Calhoun will be eligible for arbitration this year, meaning he'll earn millions more than the $600,000 minimum salary he would have otherwise been paid this season, plus he'll get a fourth year of arbitration instead of three.
Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun hit his 24th home run Wednesday, going 2 for 5 with two RBI in a 6-5 win over the Astros. Calhoun's performance Wednesday put an end to a two week slump, as the 27-year-old entered the game on a 5 for 45 skid. It's been an up and down year for Calhoun, who has posted a career-high home run total but seen his strikeout and walk rates regress.
Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun had the biggest hit of the night on Thursday. Calhoun ripped a two-run double in the top of the ninth inning, giving the Halos a 7-5 lead over the Royals. They would go on to win the game 7-6 after trailing for most of the contest. Calhoun, who went 2 for 5 on Thursday, has cooled off after a hot month of July. In 12 games so far in August, Calhoun is batting .239, though he does have three home runs and six RBI in that span.
Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game. It's just the fifth time this year that Calhoun hasn't started. Newly acquired Shane Victorino and David DeJesus start in right and left field respectively. DeJesus becomes the 10th Angel to start in left this season.