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Erick Aybar | Shortstop | #8

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 195
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / UDFA / LAA
Contract: view contract details
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Erick Aybar reached three times Sunday in San Diego’s loss to the Phillies.
He supplied the Padres’ only extra-base hit and also scored their lone run, touching home on a ninth-inning sac fly by Hector Sanchez. Aybar has never hit for much power and he seems to have lost a step on the base-paths as well with just seven first-half steals. The 33-year-old’s days of being a useful fantasy commodity are long gone. Jul 9 - 7:04 PM

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Erick Aybar went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Tigers.

Aybar hit homer No. 6 on the season when he led off the second inning with a solo blast against Jordan Zimmermann. He is now over halfway home to matching the career-high 10 dingers he bopped in 2011, when he was with the Angels. Despite this bit of pop, the veteran infielder is hitting just .222/.293/.356 in 65 games overall.
Jun 25 - 8:33 PM

Erick Aybar hit his fifth homer and walked Wednesday against the Cubs.

From a WAR standpoint, Aybar has been more valuable as a mop-up man (1 1/3 scoreless innings in two appearances) than as a shortstop this year. Still, the Padres are content with him, since they don't have anyone else they want to turn to right now. While he has five homers, he's been good for just 11 RBI, 19 runs scored, a .218 average and a .289 OBP in 188 at-bats.
Jun 21 - 6:28 PM

Erick Aybar went 2-for-3 with a solo home run against the Rangers on Wednesday.

He hit a long home run off Yu Darvish in the second inning. He also worked a walk in the contest. Aybar has a .214 batting average with four home runs and eight RBI in 32 games. He is one of the least desirable options among starting shortstops for fantasy leagues.
May 11 - 12:34 AM

Erick Aybar finished 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss against the Rockies.

Aybar has picked up the pace over the past couple of weeks, going 14-for-50 (.280) over the past 14 games to raise his average from a season-low .135 to .218 since April 18. He remains a solid fantasy play in NL-only and deeper mixed formats since he is a fixture in the lineup despite his lowly .218 mark at the dish.
May 4 - 2:05 AM

Erick Aybar went 2-for-3 with a homer and a steal Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

His second hint was a bunt single that started a five-run rally in the top of the ninth. Aybar doesn't bring much to the table these days, but the Padres believe he adds stability at shortstop. He's been a fixture thus far despite hitting just .200/.293/.338.
Apr 27 - 2:02 AM

Erick Aybar homered off Arizona's Zack Greinke for the only run of the game in the Padres' win Wednesday.

Aybar is no longer a plus defender, so he has to hit to be of use. Right now, he's at .150/.292/.275 in 40 at-bats. Still, he came up big tonight.
Apr 20 - 1:42 AM

Erick Aybar went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Given the way that Aybar's range has declined, we're not sure the Padres wouldn't be better off just playing Luis Sardinas at shortstop. The Padres, though, were hoping for some offense from the position and thus gave Aybar a shot. They'll still happily trade him if he builds some value with a solid first half.
Apr 5 - 1:03 AM

Padres purchased the contract of INF Erick Aybar from Triple-A El Paso.

Aybar has been officially added to the 40-man roster and will be the Opening Day shortstop. The 30-year-old fell off the map last year while batting .243/.303/.320 in 126 games between the Braves and Tigers, but he should have some value in NL-only formats as long as he keeps a starting job.
Mar 28 - 1:01 PM

Erick Aybar is expected to be named as the Padres' starting shortstop.

Padres' manager Andy Green said Friday that his primary competition for the position, Luis Sardinas, is now attempting to make the club in a utility role. He also heaped praise on Aybar, ""Erick has been outstanding, in my opinion.. He’s got some leadership qualities that we don’t necessarily have in the position-player corps, nice attributes to add to the team." Despite his poor 2016 campaign this will give Aybar fantasy value in NL-only formats and deep mixed leagues.
Mar 24 - 8:17 PM

Padres signed INF Erick Aybar to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Aybar will compete with Luis Sardinas for the starting shortstop job in San Diego. He batted just .243/.303/.320 with three home runs and three stolen bases in 126 games last season between the Tigers and Braves, but at 33 years old Aybar should have a little something left in the tank. If he doesn't win the shortstop job outright, the Friars could still carry Aybar as a utility infielder.
Feb 7 - 4:27 PM

Erick Aybar is a "popular name" in the free agent market, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

The expectation is that things will soon pick up in the utility market, so we should probably see Aybar latch on somewhere in the coming days. The 33-year-old hit just .243/.303/.320 last season for the Braves and Tigers, though he was much better as the year moved along. Still, his days of being a starting option are likely behind him.
Jan 31 - 10:23 AM

MLB.com's AJ Cassavell reports that the Padres have had preliminary talks with Erick Aybar's agent.

The Padres liked what they saw out of Luis Sardinas late last season and could give him a shot at the shortstop job, but they're also shopping for alternatives. Aybar, who turns 33 next month, hit just .243/.303/.320 last season for the Braves and Tigers.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 06:13:00 PM

Erick Aybar (abdomen) drew a walk as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday night against the White Sox.

Aybar remained absent from the Tigers' starting lineup due to some lingering abdominal soreness -- something that began bothering him over the weekend. The veteran infielder remains day-to-day.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 08:35:00 AM

Erick Aybar (abdomen) came off the bench and drew a walk in his return to action Monday against the White Sox.

Aybar entered the game at second base in the ninth inning and later drew a walk in the 11th inning. He dealt with some abdominal soreness over the weekend, but he's apparently feeling some improvement.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 09:02:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Austin Hedges
2Hector Sanchez
3Luis Torrens
1B1Wil Myers
2B1Yangervis Solarte
2Carlos Asuaje
SS1Erick Aybar
2Allen Cordoba
3B1Cory Spangenberg
LF1Jose Pirela
2Travis Jankowski
3Matt Szczur
4Alex Dickerson
CF1Manuel Margot
2Franchy Cordero
RF1Hunter Renfroe
2Jabari Blash
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Trevor Cahill
2Jhoulys Chacin
3Miguel Diaz
4Luis Perdomo
5Clayton Richard
6Dinelson Lamet
7Jered Weaver
8Colin Rea
9Robbie Erlin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Maurer
2Brad Hand
3Ryan Buchter
4Craig Stammen
5Jarred Cosart
6Jose Torres
7Kirby Yates
8Phil Maton
9Buddy Baumann
10Kevin Quackenbush