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GM: Angels “making progress” on Erick Aybar extension

Apr 13, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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During spring training the Angels signed second baseman Howie Hendick to a four-year, $33.5 million contract, but they couldn’t come to an agreement on a similar long-term deal with shortstop Erick Aybar.

However, the two sides didn’t stop talking when Opening Day arrived and general manager Jerry Dipoto told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that they’re “making progress” and “very confident that we’ll be able to get something done” with the impending free agent.

Dipoto revealed that the talks have been going on since way back in December, which is when Aybar avoided arbitration with a one-year, $5.075 million deal that covered his final season under team control.

Kendrick would have been eligible for free agency after the season as well, so $33.5 million and four years is seemingly a pretty decent baseline for Aybar’s deal. Judging from the lengthy negotiations, though, one side apparently doesn’t think so.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    It is time for the big spending Angels to make progress with respect to actually winning baseball games.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      The 2 & 4 Angels have almost been as bad as the Red Sox. They are currently losing to the Yankees and will probably end the day at 2 & 5. So far, their money has not been well spent.

  2. bigdeal701 - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    I’m a Ranger fan, so trust me I hate the Angels, but it’s way to early in the season to say the Angels are a bust.

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