SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said he has met with Erick Aybar's agent for face-to-face talks this week about a long-term extension for the Gold Glove shortstop. The agent, Fernando Cuza, flew to Arizona Monday.
Aybar, 28, batted .279 with a career-high 10 home runs and 30 stolen bases last year. The team signed second baseman Howard Kendrick to a four-year, $33.5-million deal in January, but couldn't come to terms with Aybar. He signed a one-year deal for $5.075 million and is eligible for free agency this November.
"I've already met with [Cuza]," Dipoto said. "That's all I'll say about that."
Flush with the revenues from a new TV contract, the Angels have been spending lavishly in recent months. They signed ace Jered Weaver to a five-year, $85-million deal in August, then landed free agents Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson at the winter meetings for a combined $330 million.
Aybar, batting .444 in six games this spring, said he doesn't know how far along contract talks have progressed.