Jan 17, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT
Kendrick agreed to a four-year, $33.5 million deal, but the negotiations with Aybar apparently haven’t been as smooth and today he avoided arbitration with a one-year, $5.075 million contract.
Aybar is eligible for free agency after this season, but general manager Jerry Dipoto told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that the Angels will continue to pursue a long-term extension before that can happen.
Kendrick’s contract bought out his final year of arbitration and first three seasons of free agency, so a similar deal for Aybar would be for approximately $28 million over three years, along with his current one-year, $5.075 million contract. Unfortunately for the Angels, with free agency right around the corner and a solid payday assured for 2012 a 28-year-old shortstop may not want to pass up the open market for a three-year pact.
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