Yesterday we learned that the Angels reached agreement with shortstop Erick Aybar on a four-year, $35MM deal. Today, the particulars of the deal went public: Aybar will earn $8.5MM per year with a $1MM signing bonus and won't have a no-trade clause. The deal, which is similar to Howie Kendrick's extension, marks a significant pay bump for the 28-year-old who avoided arbitration this winter by agreeing to a one-year, $5.075MM deal.
The dollar figure may strike some as high, particularly with prospect Jean Segura waiting in the wings. However, the 22-year-old shortstop remains in Double-A Arkansas and missed significant time with hamstring issues throughout 2011. The lack of a no-trade clause for Aybar also gives the Halos flexibility down the line. If Segura shows that he is ready to take over the starting job, Aybar should attract a fair amount of interest if he can produce at the plate like he did in 2011. If Segura doesn't progress as expected, then the Angels will have their shortstop situation covered for the next five seasons.
The Angels certainly aren't afraid to spend and have doled out $68.5MM in new deals to lock up their double play combination in 2012. All things considered, do you like the extension from the Halos' perspective?