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Erick Aybar Is A 'Popular Name' In Utility Market

Erick Aybar is a "popular name" in the free agent market, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Detroit Tigers utility man Erick Aybar is a "popular name" in the free agent market, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/826449324984954880 

In early December, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reported that the San Diego Padres were interested in adding Aybar. The Padres currently have Yangervis Solarte, Luis Sardinas, and Ryan Schimpf playing third base, shortstop, and second base. Adding Aybar would give San Diego depth in case of an injury to one of their starting infielders. If Sardinas struggles early in the 2017 season, Aybar could easily take over the starting job. 

https://twitter.com/AJCassavell/status/805906928576688128

During the 2016 season, the switch-hitter slashed .243/.303/.320 with the Atlanta Braves and Tigers. As the year continued, Aybar improved. In 29 games for the Tigers, he hit .250 with one home run and eight RBI. 

Aybar was signed by the Los Angeles Angels as an amateur free agent in 2002. Since then, he has played for the Angels (2006-2015), Braves (2016), and Tigers (2016). 

Detroit's starting infield consists of Nick Castellanos at third base, Jose Iglesias at shortstop, and Ian Kinsler at second base. Andrew Romine, JaCoby Jones, and Dixon Machado will be on the roster and can play all of those positions. The Tigers are set with depth, so Aybar would not see much playing time in the Motor City if he sticks around for the 2017 season. 


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