TEMPE, Ariz. -- Most teams prefer that their major league players, especially those under long-term contracts, skip winter ball for fear of injury, but the
“I like to play in the Dominican, because I don’t want to be fat for the regular season,” said Aybar, who appeared to be in excellent shape for the Angels’ first full-squad workout Wednesday. “I want to run and get in shape so I’m ready for
Aybar, a slick-fielding switch-hitter who is in the second year of a four-year, $35-million deal, was limited by the Angels to 10 games the previous off-season. But the team allowed him to expand his playing time this winter, as long as he did not participate in the Caribbean World Series.
Aybar, 30, is in his eighth full major league season and is coming off a 2013 season in which he hit .271 with six home runs, 33 doubles, 54 runs batted in and 68 runs.
“I like winter ball, and the Angels have historically let their guys play, whether it was