The Los Angeles Angels won't likely extend Erick Aybar before the regular season, according to Alden Gonzalez, who spoke with Jerry Dipoto.
Aybar, 28, is signed through 2012 ($5M) but is scheduled to become a free agent after the season. He's entering his 7th season, all of which have been spent with the Angels. Aybar is a career .276 / .319 / .379 hitter and has earned more than nine wins above replacement so far. Look closer and note that the bulk of that value came over the 2009 and 2011 seasons, when he earned 4 and 5 wins -- which is awfully close to elite-player status.
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Jerry Dipoto said Erick Aybar extension still "very much a possibility," but "not likely" something gets done before regular season. #Angels
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After signing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson to lucrative contracts, the team is now trying to lock up a few other of their core players going forward. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels have had preliminary discussions with the agents of second baseman Howie Kendrick and shortstop Erick Aybar regarding multi-year contract extensions.