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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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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

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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'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

Erick Aybar was scratched from the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

It's the second straight day he's been scratched, as Aybar's abdomen is apparently still sore. Andrew Romine will play third base.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 11:16:00 AM

Erick Aybar (abdomen) returned to the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

He was a late scratch Saturday due to abdominal soreness but apparently is feeling better. Aybar is at third base and batting ninth against Edinson Volquez and the Royals.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 10:45:00 AM

Erick Aybar (abdomen) was scratched from Saturday's game against the Royals.

He's dealing with left abdominal soreness. With Aybar sidelined, Andrew Romine will slot in at third base and hit ninth against Royals starter Yordano Ventura. Aybar is day-to-day.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 04:53:00 PM

Erick Aybar went 2-for-5 with his first home run in a Tigers uniform in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

Aybar took reliever Michael Tonkin deep for a solo dong in the seventh inning, just his third homer of the year. He also had an RBI single in the fifth inning. The 32-year-old is 7-for-24 (.292) since being acquired by the Tigers from the Braves, and Aybar is hitting .245/.295/.326 overall.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 11:53:00 PM

Tigers acquired INF Erick Aybar from the Braves for INF/OF Mike Aviles and C Kade Scivicque.

Aybar will give the Tigers some depth at shortstop while Jose Iglesias recovers from his hamstring strain. Aybar, 32, was batting just .242/.293/.313 with two home runs and three stolen bases in 97 games with Atlanta. This is really a minor waiver trade, despite the semi-notable names.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 06:40:00 PM

Erick Aybar went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double Thursday against the Brewers.

That's good enough to push Aybar's OPS over .600 for the first time all year. The homer was just his second through 321 at-bats, but he's hitting .318 with a mere six strikeouts in 85 at-bats during the second half.
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 05:42:00 PM

Erick Aybar went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI against the Pirates on Wednesday.

The Braves are going to keep playing Aybar in the hopes that someone will want him in a waiver deal this month. He's 14-for-29 during his current nine-game hitting streak, raising his average from .208 to .235.
Wed, Aug 3, 2016 11:02:00 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that multiple general managers "have touched base with the Braves showing interest" in Erick Aybar.

Aybar has had an awful season overall in Atlanta but is batting .303/.376/.421 since the beginning of June. The 32-year-old will be a free agent after the season and surely can be had quite cheaply.
Fri, Jul 8, 2016 12:59:00 PM

Erick Aybar clubbed his first home run of the season in Monday's loss to the Phillies.

Aybar lined one off of Jerad Eickhoff down the right-field line that just cleared the wall for the shortstop's first round-tripper of 2016. The veteran infielder has been one of the worst regulars in the game this season but has turned it on a bit of late with eight hits over his last five games.
Mon, Jul 4, 2016 07:12:00 PM

Erick Aybar (ribs) went 3-for-6 with three RBI in his return to the Braves' lineup Wednesday.

Aybar doubled in the third inning and singled in the fifth and seventh. He also drew an intentional walk in the bottom of the 13th, and the Braves closed out the hard-fought victory moments later on a Chase d'Arnaud walkoff RBI single. Aybar was held out of the Braves' starting lineup Tuesday after taking a fastball off his ribs on Monday night. He escaped that plunking with a bad bruise.
Thu, Jun 16, 2016 05:07:00 AM

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