BOSTON, MA - MAY 05: Erick Aybar #2 of the Los Angeles Angels watches his hit in the fourth inning as Jarrod Saltalamacchia #39 of the Boston Red Sox defends on May 5, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
We always hear about players setting deadlines before the season starts in regards to contract extensions. It's fair, some players don't want the distractions and questions asked before and after every game about the status of the negotiations. Some players, like Angels shortstop Erick Aybar, are willing to do whatever it takes to stay with their team including negotiate in-season.
Aybar, a free-agent at season's end, spoke with Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com and said he wants to be an Angel for the rest of his career. Though the two sides likely won't reach an extension before the season starts, Aybar said he's willing to continue negotiations in-season if that's what it takes.
"My agents are still negotiating with them, and let's see what happens in the next few days or during the season," Aybar said of a possible extension. "... If we can't agree on an extension, I'll just play baseball. Maybe during the season we can talk, too. I just want to stay here. That's it."