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Braves and Angels Complete Five-Player Trade

Atlanta acquires All-Star shortstop Erick Aybar and two top minor-league pitching prospects

Atlanta Braves General Manager John Coppolella announced tonight that the Braves and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have completed a five-player trade, as the Braves have acquired infielder Erick Aybar, top minor-league pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis and cash considerations in exchange for shortstop Andrelton Simmons and minor-league catcher Jose Briceno.

Aybar, 31, earned the American League Gold Glove Award at shortstop in 2011 and was on the A.L. All-Star team in 2014. The switch-hitter has clubbed at least 30 doubles in each of the last five seasons and has posted a .276 career batting average in 10 seasons (1,220 games), with 313 extra-base hits and 417 RBI. Over the course of his career, Aybar has posted 162-game averages of 76 runs scored, 41 extra-base hits and 55 RBI. A native of Bani, Dominican Republic, Aybar was originally signed by the Angels as an amateur free agent in 2002.

Atlanta Braves General Manager John Coppolella announced tonight that the Braves and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have completed a five-player trade, as the Braves have acquired infielder Erick Aybar, top minor-league pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis and cash considerations in exchange for shortstop Andrelton Simmons and minor-league catcher Jose Briceno.

Aybar, 31, earned the American League Gold Glove Award at shortstop in 2011 and was on the A.L. All-Star team in 2014. The switch-hitter has clubbed at least 30 doubles in each of the last five seasons and has posted a .276 career batting average in 10 seasons (1,220 games), with 313 extra-base hits and 417 RBI. Over the course of his career, Aybar has posted 162-game averages of 76 runs scored, 41 extra-base hits and 55 RBI. A native of Bani, Dominican Republic, Aybar was originally signed by the Angels as an amateur free agent in 2002.

Considered the Angels' top prospect, the 6-foot-5 Newcomb pitched at three levels in 2015 and went a combined 9-3 with a 2.38 ERA in 27 games. He posted an incredible 168 strikeouts in 136 innings pitched and held opposing hitters to a .199 batting average. The 22-year-old lefty was taken 15th overall in the 2014 draft out of the University of Hartford, where he posted an 8-2 record with a 1.25 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 93.2 innings pitched (14 games) in his final collegiate season. 

Ellis, 23, has been rated by MLB.com as the Angels' No. 2 prospect. He split the 2015 season between High-A Inland Empire and Double-A Arkansas, combining to go 11-9 with a 3.90 ERA in 26 starts in his second season of professional baseball. The 6-foot-4 righty notched 132 strikeouts in 140.2 innings of work this past season. Ellis was selected in the third round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Mississippi. 

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