Feb 18, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT
Erick Aybar and the Angels have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.05 million contract with an additional $100,000 in potential incentives based on reaching 575 and 625 plate appearances.
Aybar was asking for $2.75 million via arbitration while the Angels filed at $1.85 million, so even reaching the maximum incentives would mean that he settled $150,000 below the midpoint that is so often standard in arbitration-avoidance deals.
He’ll be arbitration eligible again in 2011 and 2012, so while Aybar is among the best young shortstops in baseball the Angels are in no rush to lock him into a long-term deal quite yet. He turned 26 years old last month and may be asked to replace Chone Figgins in the leadoff spot after batting .312/.353/.423 in 137 games (and 556 plate appearances) last season.
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