Monday, March 19, 2012
By Mark Saxon
Erick Aybar said his agents have left town after their series of face-to-face meetings with general manager Jerry Dipoto about a long-term contract extension.
Aybar said he hasn't heard how much progress was made in the negotiations, but it sounds as if nothing is imminent. The longer the talks drag on, the less likely Aybar is to remain an Angel. Several big-market teams could be looking for shortstops this fall. ...
Bobby Abreu has had a rough go early this spring and the timing couldn't be worse. Abreu is batting .136 in 22 at-bats and has walked just three times. He has asked the Angels to trade him if they can't find him regular at-bats, but that isn't going to be easy unless he starts playing better.
With Kendrys Morales making more and more progress, the Angels might simply release Abreu to open up full-time DH duties. That would be a difficult decision, however, as Abreu earns $9 million this season.
"As spring training starts to move along, I think he'll attack the ball a little better," manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think right now he's searching for some things." ...
Outfielder Jeremy Moore, who played in eight games for the Angels last September, appears headed for surgery to repair a hip injury. Moore has been working to rehab the injury, but hasn't made sufficient progress to get into baseball activities. If he undergoes surgery, he likely would miss 3-5 months.
"He worked very hard and it's just not moving in the right direction," Scioscia said.