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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
Contract: view contract details
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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. Jul 8 - 12:59 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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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.
Jul 4 - 7:12 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.
Jun 16 - 5:07 AM

Erick Aybar is dealing with bruised ribs.

Blake Wood plunked him with a 97 mph fastball on Monday night. Aybar's X-rays came back negative but the team decided to play it safe by giving him the night off Tuesday against Cincinnati. Chase d'Arnaud got the start at shortstop with Jace Peterson filling in at second base. Until we hear more, consider Aybar day-to-day.
Jun 14 - 8:12 PM

Erick Aybar was scratched from Tuesday's lineup versus the Reds.

No word on the reason for the change, though he was drilled in the ribs by a pitch on Monday. He could be dealing with some lingering soreness. Chase d'Arnaud will fill in at shortstop while Jace Peterson will play second base.
Jun 14 - 3:55 PM

Braves activated SS Erick Aybar from the 15-day disabled list.

Aybar missed a couple weeks of action with a bruised foot. He's back at shortstop and batting eighth on Sunday.
Jun 12 - 10:51 AM

Braves placed SS Erick Aybar on the 15-day disabled list with a right foot contusion.

Aybar suffered the injury when he was drilled by an Adam Conley offering during Friday's game. Rather than rush him back into action, the club will give Aybar ample time to heal. Daniel Castro should handle the bulk of the action at shortstop while he's sidelined.
May 28 - 12:10 PM

The Braves plan to re-evaluate Erick Aybar (foot) on Saturday.

Aybar was forced to leave Friday's game after he was hit in the foot by a pitch. While X-rays came back negative, the Braves will ensure that he's ready to go before returning to the lineup. Expect to see Daniel Castro at shortstop on Saturday.
May 28 - 9:53 AM

Erick Aybar is listed as day-to-day after leaving Friday's game against the Marlins with a foot contusion.

Aybar was pulled after getting hit on the foot by a pitch from Adam Conley in the fourth inning. He may sit out on Saturday as a precaution, but expect him to return to the field before the weekend is through.
May 27 - 10:01 PM

Erick Aybar was removed from Friday's game against the Marlins in the fifth inning after he was hit in the ankle by a pitch from Adam Conley.

Aybar remained in the game to run the bases for himself, but was replaced by Daniel Castro defensively to begin the next inning. It would appear as though his exit was precautionary, but expect an update from the Braves on his status shortly.
May 27 - 9:04 PM

Erick Aybar went 1-for-3 with a bunt single and a walk in his return to action Friday against the Phillies.

Aybar sat out Thursday’s game after getting a chicken bone caught in his throat. Fortunately, he’s fine and should be good to go moving forward. The 32-year-old is hitting just .178 with a .423 through his first 39 games this season, so this year hasn’t been very kind to him so far.
May 20 - 10:47 PM

Erick Aybar was taken to the hospital Thursday after getting a chicken bone stuck in his throat.

Obviously he won't be starting against Pittsburgh in the series finale. The Braves own the NL's worst record by a wide margin and aren't getting any breaks right now, even in the lunch room. Daniel Castro will get the nod at shortstop on Thursday night. Aybar is day-to-day.
May 19 - 5:40 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1A.J. Pierzynski
2Tyler Flowers
3Anthony Recker
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Jace Peterson
SS1Erick Aybar
2Chase d'Arnaud
3B1Gordon Beckham
2Brandon Snyder
LF1Mallex Smith
2Hector Olivera
CF1Ender Inciarte
RF1Nick Markakis
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Matt Wisler
3Michael Foltynewicz
4Williams Perez
5Manny Banuelos
6John Gant
7Lucas Harrell
8Jesse Biddle
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Arodys Vizcaino
2Jim Johnson
3Mauricio Cabrera
4Eric O'Flaherty
5Hunter Cervenka
6Chris Withrow
7Ian Krol
8Tyrell Jenkins
9Dario Alvarez
10Daniel Winkler
11Paco Rodriguez
12Andrew McKirahan
13Joel de la Cruz