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Erick Aybar Extension Will Likely Wait

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.