Braves trade Aybar, promote Swanson: Yeah, I can live with that

All the young dudes: Matt Wisler and Dansby Swanson. (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

The formerly bearded Dansby Swanson. (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

Andrelton Simmons’ OPS (on-base percentange plus slugging) for the 2014 season was .617, sixth-worst among qualifying big-league hitters. Last season it was .660, or 13th-worst. When the Atlanta Braves traded him to the Angels for Sean Newcomb, Chris Ellis and Erick Aybar, they knew they’d miss Simmons the peerless shortstop but figured they couldn’t do much worse than Simmons the punchless hitter. Alas, they did.

Aybar, whose OPS as an Angel was .694, changed leagues and fell off a cliff. When the Braves finally found someone — the Tigers, poor things — to take the one-year rental off their hands, Aybar’s OPS was .607, second-to-last among big-league hitters with 350-plus plate appearances. He was worse than Simmons afield, which the Braves fully expected; what they couldn’t have known was that he’d be worse than everybody except Derek Norris with a bat.

(Simmons’ OPS as an Angel has barely budged. He’s at .661. Still a great defender, though.)

But enough about Aybar. Too much about Aybar. Let us never speak of him again. And we probably won’t, given that his trade to Detroit was the second-biggest Braves move of Tuesday evening. At 7:32 p.m., they announced the summoning of Dansby Swanson from Class AA Mississippi.

Barely 14 months ago, he was the No. 1 pick in the MLB draft. Last December, the Braves pried him from Arizona for Shelby Miller, who’s now in the minor leagues. Ever since, he has been this franchise’s shortstop of the future. Come Wednesday night, he’ll be the shortstop, period. And away we go.

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Stinger2
Stinger2

Until he gets on the field and plays for an extended time, no one

knows if he will or will not make a difference. This is contrary to some of the opinions already posted. We will see. 

Iknownussing
Iknownussing

Take it easy on Aybar. Bat came around second half and he is a solid shortstop. Team player, had a rough transition. Glad he landed somewhere where he can contribute.

Kirbyguy
Kirbyguy

The pressure on Swanson will be tremendous.  In that regards coming to a last place team, with zero chance of making the playoffs this year, works to his advantage.  He can get used to being in "the bigs" and be his own player.  I hope he's the SS for years to come. As a Braves fan of more than 40 years these have been tough times, but I honestly belief the team is on the long term right track.  

jmccoy1252
jmccoy1252

No difference this year, sure.  But he'll get some much needed experience, and he could be a difference make next year and beyond. 

LOGS1973
LOGS1973

It makes no difference at all Bradley.

What's your point? Swanson will change nothing..

TideDawg
TideDawg

Yeah, I can live with that too. Aybar just didn't seem to fit the Braves mold. He would make a mistake and he always looked like he was laughing about it. I'm anxious to see Swanson but I hope it's not too soon to give him a shot.