Erick Aybar, Angels do one-year deal

Updated: January 17, 2012, 1:59 PM ET
By Mark Saxon |

The Los Angeles Angels have shelved discussions about a long-term contract with Erick Aybar, at least for now, by agreeing Tuesday to a one-year deal with the Gold Glove shortstop to avoid arbitration.

The deal is for $5.075 million, a source told's Enrique Rojas. Aybar, 28, made $3 million last year while hitting .279 with 30 stolen bases and 71 runs scored and winning his first Gold Glove.

Aybar, who becomes a free agent at the end of this season, was the Angels' final remaining arbitration-eligible player. The team agreed to a four-year, $33.5 million extension with second baseman Howie Kendrick last week and has reached one-year deals with Alberto Callaspo, Jerome Williams and Kendrys Morales.

Mark Saxon covers the Angels for

Mark Saxon
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.