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Grand Rapids Press Aug 17, 2016
Erick Aybar happy to go from rebuilding Atlanta to playoff chase in Detroit

Erick Aybar happy to go from rebuilding Atlanta to playoff chase in Detroit

In the midst of his worst offensive season since he became an everyday player, Aybar has been hitting better of late. In the last 28 days, hes hitting .333 (27-for-81). DETROIT -- Newly arrived shortstop Erick Aybar was already in the starting lineup on his first day in Detroit, and he seemed to make himself at home in the clubhouse too. He spent the afternoon chatting with first base coach Omar Vizquel and Victor Martinez's son, Victor Jose, and seemed to know many of his new teammates already. "Of course, it's a difficult thing (getting traded), but when it's...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 17, 2016
As Erick Aybar joins team, LHP Blaine Hardy optioned to Toledo

As Erick Aybar joins team, LHP Blaine Hardy optioned to Toledo

The transaction means that, at least for now, outfielder Steven Moya will remain a part of the team and the Tigers will use a seven-man bullpen. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers left-handed reliever Blaine Hardy was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday to make room for newly arrived shortstop Erick Aybar. The transaction means that, at least for now, outfielder Steven Moya will remain a part of the team and the Tigers will use a seven-man bullpen. Hardy pitched in two games after being recalled on Aug. 5, including three scoreless innings in a 15-inning game at...
Bless You Boys Aug 17, 2016

Trade for Erick Aybar a cautionary move for Tigers

Getting Aybar for Aviles might be an upgrade, but the reasons why it had to happen are not encouraging. For months, Detroit Tigers fans have gnashed at the thought of Mike Aviles getting any sort of playing time. While this seems harsh, it was rather justified given Aviles’ performance. He is hitting .210/.258/.269 in 181 plate appearances and has been worth -1.4 fWAR. On Tuesday, the Tigers dealt him and prospect Kade Scivicque to the Atlanta Braves for shortstop Erick Aybar. Remember all that vitriol we had towards Aviles? Braves fans have felt the exact same way about Aybar. The...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 17, 2016
Justin Verlander, new Tiger Erick Aybar have some making up to do

Justin Verlander, new Tiger Erick Aybar have some making up to do

The Tigers acquired Aybar from the Braves on Tuesday for Mike Aviles and minor-league catcher Kade Scivicque. DETROIT -- Erick Aybar will have some explaining to do when he arrives in the Detroit Tigers clubhouse later today. While you may or may not remember, it was Aybar, then a member of the Los Angeles Angels, who tried to break up a no hitter from Justin Verlander with an infield bunt single during the eighth inning of a game in 2011. Aybar, acquired by the Tigers Tuesday in a trade that sent Mike Aviles and a minor-league catcher to the Atlanta Braves,...
CSN Baltimore Aug 16, 2016

NL East: Braves to call up former No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson

ATLANTA (AP) -- Braves shortstop Erick Aybar has been traded to the Detroit Tigers, clearing a path for Alanta to call up top prospect Dansby
Grand Rapids Press Aug 16, 2016
Tigers trade Mike Aviles, Kade Scivicque to Atlanta for Erick Aybar

Tigers trade Mike Aviles, Kade Scivicque to Atlanta for Erick Aybar

Aybar was an AL All-Star in 2014, and won a gold glove in 2011. DETROIT -- A rash of injuries have decimated the Detroit Tigers' infield of late, and they have appeared to snag an upgrade. The Tigers on Tuesday traded utility man Mike Aviles and minor-league catcher Kade Scivique to the Atlanta Braves for 32-year-old infielder Erick Aybar. Aybar has played 97 games for the Braves this season, hitting .242 with two home runs, 26 RBI and a .607 OPS. An 11-year major-league veteran, Aybar can play shortstop, second base and has limited experience in the outfield....
Bless You Boys Aug 16, 2016

Tigers acquire Erick Aybar from Braves, trade Mike Aviles

The Tigers improve their infield depth while shedding the struggling utility man. The Detroit Tigers announced before Tuesday’s game that they completed a trade with the Atlanta Braves centered around infielder Erick Aybar. Aybar has made appearances at six different positions in his career, but the overwhelming majority of his time has been spent at shortstop. In 97 games with the Braves this season, Aybar is hitting .242/.293/.313 with two home runs and three steals. His 60 wRC+ is on pace for the lowest of any full season in his career, and his -5 DRS and -7.4 UZR are also below his...
Halos Heaven Aug 4, 2016

Billy Eppler's 10-month report card

Eppler has been on the job since last October. How has he done? Everyone knows that Billy Eppler has had a very thin budget to work with since he took over the GM reigns last October.  Below is a list of most of his significant transactions over the past month. In light of the recent trade deadline, I though we'd take a look at how he's done so far. Oct 7, 2015 - Acquired Todd Cunningham off waivers from Atlanta D Cunningham has hit just .148 for the Angels in 27 AB.  He's batting .291 for Salt Lake this year. Nov 12, 2015 - Traded Erick Aybar, Sean Newcomb, and Chris Ellis to the...

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