Angels cut four, including Williams, Hanson

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels did not offer contracts to starting pitchers Jerome Williams and Tommy Hanson on Monday night, making them free agents.

The Angels also didn’t offer deals to reliever Juan Gutierrez and third baseman Chris Nelson.

With a projected 2014 payroll nearing the luxury tax threshold of $189 million, the Angels’ decisions likely saved them roughly $10 million, possibly enough to add starting pitching to a thin rotation.

Los Angeles tendered contracts to five arbitration-eligible players: designated hitter Mark Trumbo, new third baseman David Freese, closer Ernesto Frieri and relievers Kevin Jepsen and Fernando Salas.

The Angels decided to part ways with Williams, who revitalized his career with the club in 2011 after three years out of the majors. Williams went 19-18 in 79 appearances with Los Angeles, making 25 starts this year.