If I was Coppy the call to Cards GM John Mozeliak would’ve already been placed. St. Louis is likely to be in the market for a shortstop after learning Jhonny Peralta will be sidelined for up to three months with a bum thumb.
Erick Aybar is a nice player who have zero impact on the 2016 Braves. He’s a free agent after the season and there’s zero chance he’s re-signed. Yes, watching Daniel Castro or Gordon Beckham man shortstop wold be painful but temporary.
Aybar isn’t the only Brave who belongs on the trading block. Baltimore apparently is interested in a reunion with Nick Markakis but, according to Peter Gammons, the Bravos aren’t listening.
Which makes zero sense. He’s still owed $33 million over three years and at the moment seems destined to block Mallex Smith. That may not be an issue if Hector Olivera is a bust but the Braves are going to be very patient with the Cuban import considering their investment.
Aybar and Markakis won’t fetch premium prospects but should net some useful parts. Hopefully neither player is wearing a Braves uniform come August.