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Tigers acquire Erick Aybar from Braves

The infielder heads to Detroit after staying put at the non-waiver trade deadline.

The Tigers have acquired shortstop Erick Aybar from the Braves for infielder Mike Aviles and catcher Kade Scivicque, according to a team announcement.

The deal is the second waiver-wire deal for the Braves, who also sent lefty Hunter Cervenka to the Marlins for two prospects earlier in the month. Atlanta could soon look to deal outfielder Jeff Francoeur, who reportedly cleared waivers and is available to all teams.

Aybar, 32, has posted a career-worst .242/.293/.313 line with two home runs in his first season with the Braves. He was acquired from the Angels as part of the return package for Andrelton Simmons over the winter, and is a free agent at season’s end.

Detroit recently lost Jose Iglesias to a hamstring injury and has been using Dixon Machado and Andrew Romine at shortstop. Aybar will give them a veteran option down the stretch with third baseman Nick Castellanos also on the disabled list.

Aviles, 35, has hit just .210/.258/.269 after signing a deal with the Tigers last winter. He will replace Aybar on the Braves’ depth chart for the rest of the season, and will hit free agency at the end of the year.

Scivicque, 23, was the Tigers’ 4th-round pick last season out of LSU and has hit .282/.325/.380 in 105 games for High-A Lakeland so far this season. The backstop was ranked by MLB.com as the Tigers’ 20th-best prospect at the time of the deal.

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