The Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a contract extension for Gold Glove shortstop Erick Aybar.
Angels spokesman Tim Mead confirmed Wednesday the club is getting close to a new deal for the switch-hitting leadoff man, who would have been a sought-after free agent this fall.
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has been negotiating with Aybar's agents since shortly after he took over the club in October.
ESPNdeportes.com reported Aybar is getting a four-year, $35 million deal.
The 28-year-old Dominican shortstop came up through the Angels' system, first making the majors in 2006. He evolved into a key contributor to the Angels over the past four years, winning his first Gold Glove last year.
Aybar has begun the season in a slump, batting .171 in the first 10 games.