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The Angels non-tendered catcher Kevan Smith, leaving them likely in the market for another catcher this winter.

The only two catchers left on the 40-man roster are Max Stassi, who might not be ready for Opening Day after hip surgery, and Anthony Bemboom.

The Angels tendered their remaining eight arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Andrew Heaney, Hansel Robles, Cam Bedrosian and Noé Ramírez, infielder Tommy La Stella, outfielder Brian Goodwin.

Smith was projected to make about $1.3 million in 2020. The 31-year-old hit .251 with five homers and a .710 OPS in 191 at-bats last year. He missed time with a concussion and a hand injury.

The list of available free agent catchers includes Robinson Chirinos, Jason Castro and Martín Maldonado. Maldonado, a former Angel, could be an attractive target as part of the Angels’ plan to lure free agent Gerrit Cole. Maldonado was Cole’s personal catcher during their two months together with the Houston Astros.

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