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Erick Aybar Contract Extension: Angels Shortstop Gets Four Years

Shortstop Erick Aybar will be in Los Angeles for quite some time if all goes well. Aybar earned a contract extensiont that should take him through 2016. Here's more news about the Aybar contract extension from the Angels press release.

ANAHEIM, CA – Angels’ General Manager Jerry Dipoto today announced the club has agreed

to terms on a four-year contract extension with shortstop Erick Aybar. The contract will take Aybar

through the 2016 campaign. Per club policy, no financial terms of the agreement will be


Aybar, 28, is in his seventh campaign with the Halos and is coming off a career season in 2011.

He established career highs in several categories including home runs (10), runs scored (71), doubles

(33), RBI (59) and stolen bases (30). He was also honored with his first career Rawlings Gold Glove®

in 2011, just the third Angel shortstop bestowed the honor.

The native of Bani, DR has appeared in 559 games at shortstop (thru 4/18/12), the fourth

most in club history (Gary DiSarcina ranks third with 1,069 games). He established a club record for

a shortstop with a .312 clip in 2009 and was the first Halo shortstop with 30 stolen bases in 2011.

General manager Jerry Dipoto released this statement on Aybar.

It's a pretty fair deal for Aybar, who would've been a free agent after this season. Aybar now gets four more years with the Angels, where he figures to continue to produce at a near All-Star level.

The Angels also extended would-be free agent 2B Howie Kendrick in January for 4 years, $33.5 million, although Kendrick's deal was for 2012-2015.

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