Erick Aybar, Angels Close To Contract Extension Per Report

NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Erick Aybar #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim scores a seventh inning run against the New York Yankees on April 14, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and shortstop Erick Aybar are nearing a multi-year contract extension, according to ESPN.

According to a report from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are nearing a contract extension with shortstop Erick Aybar, which is expected to be announced sometime on Thursday by the club.

Aybar's contract will be somewhere around $35 million guaranteed over four years, paying him about $8.5 million a year or so, sources told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes L.A. He is set to receive his 2011 American League Gold Glove award before their game against Oakland on Thursday, around the time when the team will likely make the announcement.

The 28 year-old owns a carrer .274 batting average, including a .279 clip with 10 homers, 59 RBI's and 30 stolen bases in 2011 to go along with his first gold glove. Aybar would have been eligible for free agency this year.

With Howie Kendrick locked-up long tern as well, the middle infield for the Angels should be gravy for a while to come once Aybar signs his extension.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the Angels, make sure that you check out Halos Heaven, SB Nation's hopelessly devoted Angels blog. For more on MLB in general, make your way over Baseball Nation.

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