ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The agreement between the Angels and shortstop Erick Aybar on a contract extension can only be viewed in positive terms, both for the club and the player. By signing Aybar for four years and 35 million after earlier locking up second baseman Howie Kendrick long term, the team has now secured its middle infielders through the 2016 season.
But shelling out big contracts also means the Angels will need their scouting and development programs more than ever. Keeping good players in the fold is one thing; spending millions upon millions isn't good business.
The Angels are spending a lot of money, but it clearly reduces their flexibility in future seasons. That's something general manager Jerry Dipoto will have to juggle as he moves forward.
"Flexibility is a year-to-year challenge; sometimes it's a day-to-day challenge," he said at a media conference to announce Aybar's extension Thursday afternoon. "It's something we address every day. We have discussions about cre...