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Erick Aybar | Shortstop | #1

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 195
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / UDFA / LAA
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Erick Aybar went 0-for-4 and struck out three times Wednesday against the Red Sox.
With his below average defense at shortstop, .138 average and one RBI in 75 at-bats, Aybar is on the short list for baseball's worst regular to date. Still, he's not really this bad and there's little reason for the Braves to move on, even if Daniel Castro is better defensively. He'll get hot eventually, and once it happens, the Braves will quickly seek to trade him. Apr 27 - 11:55 PM

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MLB.com's Mark Bowman writes that the Braves could move Erick Aybar to second base if he "continues to struggle."

Aybar has had trouble defensively and is also off to a 3-for-15 start at the plate. If he's moved to second, Daniel Castro would be promoted to play shortstop and Jace Peterson would presumably move to the bench. Aybar is making $8.5 million this season in the final year of his contract.
Apr 10 - 12:09 PM

The Cardinals have not approached the Braves about trading for Erick Aybar.

GM John Coppolella said earlier this week it would take a "significant" offer for the Braves to part with Aybar. For now, the Cardinals seem more inclined to pursue Ruben Tejada, who the Mets have already expressed a willingness to trade. The Cardinals need someone to fill in for Jhonny Peralta (thumb) at shortstop but it doesn't look like Aybar is someone they're considering.
Mar 12 - 8:49 PM

According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it would take a "significant" offer for the Braves to trade Erick Aybar to the Cardinals.

Aybar is in the last year of his contract and the Cardinals are desperate for shortstop help now that Jhonny Peralta is out for the next 2-3 months with a torn ligament in his thumb. That would seem to make the Braves and Cardinals a perfect match, but Atlanta GM John Coppolella isn't eager to make a move. "We need to win more games this year," said Coppolella. "So we’re very happy to hold onto Erick Aybar." Unless they get an offer this spring that blows them away, it looks like the Braves will wait until closer to the trade deadline to begin shopping the 32-year-old.
Mar 9 - 4:01 PM

Erick Aybar went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI against the Phillies on Friday.

Aybar looks like a No. 2 hitter, so he probably will open the season batting second for the Braves. So what if he had a .301 OBP last year and hasn't finished at better than .324 since 2009.
Mar 4 - 6:21 PM

Braves acquired SS Erick Aybar, LHP Sean Newcomb, RHP Chris Ellis and cash from the Angels for SS Andrelton Simmons and C Jose Briceno.

Aybar may eventually be flipped to another team in need of a shortstop, as the Braves don't appear ready to contend in 2016 and the 31-year-old is in the final year of his deal. Aybar batted .270/.301/.338 this past season and could help a club with a hole up the middle.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 08:29:00 PM

A source tells Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports that Erick Aybar is part of the Braves' package for Andrelton Simmons.

It would make sense, as the Angels no longer would have a need for the 31-year-old shortstop with Simmons in town. Aybar hit .270/.301/.338 and will be a free agent after the 2016 season.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 06:47:00 PM

Erick Aybar had a double, a triple, and three RBI in five at-bats as the Angels beat the Athletics on Tuesday.

Aybar ripped a two-run triple in the fourth inning, putting the Halos up 6-0. He tacked on an RBI double in the eighth inning to make it 8-1. Aybar has had a subpar year offensively, batting .270/.301/.336 with 42 RBI, but he now has 30 doubles for the fifth season in a row.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 01:53:00 AM

Erick Aybar will bat leadoff Thursday against the Twins.

It will be his first time in the leadoff spot since June 17. Aybar has really struggled this season, but he gets a boost in DFS value. Kole Calhoun will remain in the No. 2 spot in the order.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 05:17:00 PM

Erick Aybar (back) has returned to the Angels starting lineup on Sunday.

Aybar had missed the team's previous three games with a lower back issue. He's hitting sixth against opposing right-hander Yordano Ventura on Sunday.
Sun, Aug 16, 2015 04:38:00 PM

Erick Aybar (back) will take ground balls on Saturday and could return to the lineup as early as Monday.

The shortstop has been sidelined by a bad back since Thursday. If all goes well, he'll take batting practice on Sunday and return to the lineup Monday against the White Sox. Aybar is having a typical season for him, hitting .273 with nine stolen bases across 418 at-bats. Taylor Featherston has filled in at shortstop during his brief absence.
Sat, Aug 15, 2015 04:47:00 PM

Erick Aybar (back) is not in the Angels starting lineup for the third consecutive game on Saturday.

Aybar tweaked his back during batting practice prior to Thursday's game. Taylor Featherston is once again starting in his place and batting ninth for the Halos against Johnny Cueto and the Royals.
Sat, Aug 15, 2015 03:41:00 PM

Erick Aybar (back) remained out of the Angels' lineup Friday.

It's the second straight game he's missed with lower back tightness. Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday that Aybar is not a candidate to head to the disabled list. Taylor Featherston is at shortstop again Friday in his place.
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 05:26:00 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday that Erick Aybar (back) is considered day-to-day and not a candidate to head to the disabled list.

Aybar tweaked his back during batting practice prior to Thursday's game against the Royals. Taylor Featherston filled in for him on Thursday and could draw another start on Friday if Aybar needs to rest another day.
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 12:22:00 AM

Erick Aybar was scratched from the Angels starting lineup on Thursday due to lower back tightness.

Taylor Featherston will start in his place and bat ninth for the Halos against Jeremy Guthrie and the Royals. Aybar should be ready to return to the lineup at some point over the weekend.
Thu, Aug 13, 2015 07:05:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1A.J. Pierzynski
2Tyler Flowers
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Gordon Beckham
2Daniel Castro
3Chase d'Arnaud
SS1Erick Aybar
3B1Adonis Garcia
2Kelly Johnson
3Reid Brignac
LF1Hector Olivera
2Matt Tuiasosopo
CF1Ender Inciarte
2Mallex Smith
RF1Nick Markakis
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Matt Wisler
3Jhoulys Chacin
4Aaron Blair
5Michael Foltynewicz
6Manny Banuelos
7Jesse Biddle
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Arodys Vizcaino
2Jason Grilli
3Jim Johnson
4Alexi Ogando
5Eric O'Flaherty
6Hunter Cervenka
7Bud Norris
8Andrew McKirahan
9Shae Simmons
10Daniel Winkler
11Paco Rodriguez