(Reuters) - The Los Angeles Angels will keep shortstop Erick Aybar for at least one more year after he agreed to a $5 million contract, according to a report on the team's website on Tuesday.
The lack of a long-term contract could leave Aybar, 28, eligible for free agency after the 2012 Major League Baseball season but the two sides are continuing talks on a long-term deal, the report said.
"As far as the want and desire to continue discussions with Erick about a long-term extension, those conversations are ongoing," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said in the report.
"Erick's aware of it and his representatives are aware of it, and we're continuing to move forward with something that makes sense to keep Erick here long term."
Aybar, a Gold Glove winner for his fielding, hit .279 last season while setting career highs in home runs (10), runs batted in (59) and stolen bases (30).
(Reporting By Gene Cherry in Salvo North Carolina; Editing by Frank Pingue)