Erick Aybar finished out his 10-year stay with the Angels with his least productive season as their regular shortstop. With three home runs and 15 stolen bases, it was Aybar's fourth straight season in which he did not exceed 10 homers or 20 steals, and his .270 batting average was his lowest over that span. As the Braves' new shortstop, Aybar will probably have even fewer run-producing opportunities than he did with the Angels. NL-only owners should have the 32-year-old on their Draft Day radars, but that's about it.
Aybar was traded to the Braves on Thursday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports. The Angels and Braves swapped shortstops in the deal, with Aybar heading to Atlanta with some other of the Angels' prospects. Aybar should remain a starting shortstop with this move to Atlanta, and he'll hope to build off of his .301 OBP and 15 steals that he posted in 2015 with the Angels.
Angels shortstop Erick Aybar went 3 for 4 with a run scored in a 5-2 victory over the Twins on Saturday. Aybar has now hit safely in his last four games after an abysmal 7-for-47 start to September. The veteran shortstop is hitting .368 (7 for 19) over the span of his modest hitting streak, and may be regaining some of the success he enjoyed at the plate for the majority of the 2015 campaign prior to September. Aybar's power, always limited throughout his 10-year career, has been even more abbreviated this season, but he has scored 66 runs and has also posted double-digit steals for the third consecutive season.
Angels shortstop Erick Aybar went 2 for 4 with two doubles in a 3-1 loss to the Mariners on Wednesday. Aybar is just 7 for 47 in September, but this performance was a good sign going forward. It's been a down season for the veteran shortstop, as he has just two homers and 11 steals in 139 games played. Aybar did say that some injuries were bothering him last month and that very well may have slowed down his whole season.
Angels shortstop Erick Aybar was back in the lineup for Sunday's game at Kansas City. He will hit sixth. Aybar had missed the last three games after experiencing back spasms.
Angels shortstop Erick Aybar remains out of the starting lineup on Saturday, as he is dealing with a bout of back spasms. He will miss his third straight game with the injury, and there has been no update on his current status. Taylor Featherston will handle shortstop and bat ninth against the Royals on Saturday.
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