Tigers acquire Erick Aybar in trade with Braves

ByKatie Strang ESPN logo
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

DETROIT -- With injuries continuing to pile up, the Detroit Tigers acquired infielder Erick Aybar from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Mike Aviles and minor-league catcher Kade Scivicque.

The team announced the deal prior to Tuesday's game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park.

The 32-year-old Aybar hit .242 with 27 runs and 26 RBI in 97 games for the Braves this season. He is just two years removed from an All-Star appearance and won a gold glove at shortstop with the Los Angeles Angels in 2011.

The Tigers are currently without position players Nick Castellanos (hand), Cameron Maybin (thumb) and Jose Iglesias (thumb), as well as pitchers Jordan Zimmermann (neck) and Mike Pelfrey (back), all of whom are on the disabled list.

Miguel Cabrera is also sitting out Tuesday's game with a left biceps strain, though the team is not anticipating he will miss more than two or three days.

Outfielder Steven Moya was recalled by the Tigers and will be available for Tuesday's game.