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Erick Aybar wants “at least five years and $50 million” in extension from Angels

Apr 16, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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General manager Jerry Dipoto has repeatedly indicated that the Angels are close to a long-term contract extension with Erick Aybar, which is something the two sides have been working on since December.

What’s not known are the specifics of the deal. Second baseman Howie Kendrick‘s five-year, $33.5 million extension seemed like a reasonable starting point for his double-play partner as well, but Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Aybar “is believed to be looking for at least five years and $50 million.”

Not many starting shortstops hit the open market before age 30, so Aybar is one healthy season away from cashing in big as a free agent. Position scarcity gives him more leverage than Kendrick and he’s also a Gold Glove winner, but Aybar has never posted an .800 OPS and his career marks include a .318 on-base percentage and .378 slugging percentage.

  1. bobulated - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    5/50? Is he responsible for Willy’s bar tabs now?

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Aybar needs to be a better productive hitter to justify this.

  3. angrycorgi - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Aybar is another cog in the overrated, overpriced wheel that is the LA Angels.

  4. djpostl - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Thanks Erick, I needed a good laugh today.

  5. whittle79 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    I would say beat it 5 yr 50 million !! Are you hanging out with Josh Hamilton boozing !! The have a kid in the minors that almost ready to ply in the bigs !

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