The Angels, Erick Aybar close to an extension

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Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels and Erick Aybar are close to an agreement on a multi-year extension that could be announced as soon as tomorrow.

We don’t know the terms, but earlier this week it was reported that he was looking for five years and $50 million.  While that seems high, ask yourself how many decent young shortstops there are in baseball right now.

UPDATE: Heyman says that Aybar and the Angels are talking four years, $35 million.

Tigers, Jose Iglesias agree to $6.275 million salary for 2018, avoiding arbitration

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The Tigers announced on Wednesday evening that the club and shortstop Jose Iglesias agreed on a contract for the 2018 season, avoiding arbitration. Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that it’s a one-year deal worth $6.275 million.

Iglesias, 28, was eligible for arbitration for the third and final time, which means he can become a free agent after the upcoming season. This past season, he hit a light .255/.288/.369 in 489 plate appearances. However, both defensive metrics and scouts paint him as an above-average defender at shortstop.

The rebuilding Tigers are still reportedly trying to trade Iglesias. The club already traded veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler this offseason. During last season, the Tigers moved J.D. Martinez, Alex Avila, Justin Upton, and Justin Verlander.