Non-Tender Candidate: Willy Aybar

The Rays are a team built around versatility, and one of their most flexible pieces in recent years has been infielder Willy Aybar. The 27-year-old has spent the majority of his big league time at third base, but can also handle spot duty at first and second. 

Aybar isn't a traditional non-tender candidate in that the decision is simply whether or not to offer him a contract for next season. The Rays signed him to a two-year deal worth $2.6MM guaranteed before 2009, and that deal includes $2.2MM club option for 2011 that can instead be bought out for $275K. Aybar still has two more years of arbitration eligibility left ahead of him, so Tampa could decline the option and then non-tender him for a total savings of $1.925M. 

A bargain in 2008 and 2009, Aybar hit .253/.329/.413 with double digit homers in each of those two seasons while playing no fewer than three positions. This year's been a different story, however, as he's fallen off to .235/.309/.348 with just five homers while spending the most of his time as a designated hitter against lefthanded pitching despite hitting just .252/.299/.390 off southpaws. Aybar's strikeout rate has risen for the third straight year as well.

Tampa is facing a payroll reduction next season, so parting ways with the increasingly unproductive Aybar could be one way to cut costs. That said, it's time to vote. Click here to tell us if you think the Rays will non-tender Aybar after the season, and here to see the results. 


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17 Comments on "Non-Tender Candidate: Willy Aybar"


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Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

I say he stays.

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4 years 9 months ago

stfu

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

I know you know that you I hate when you say that to me and since there is obviously no way to make you stop saying that to me, I thought I’d just let you know that you are saying that to a huge Twins fan…like yourself.

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4 years 9 months ago

but span sucks

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

Oh no he didnt! *saying that with my hands on my hips*

Must never say such things about the Denardster. The Spandy man can. Not can’t. He’s just Spanny being Spanny.

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dawgpaddlez
4 years 9 months ago

if he’s going anywhere..think it’s going to be to a team in the nl east..phils or braves…probably not mets but i hope they at least offer him a minor league deal

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4 years 9 months ago

I doubt the Braves want him back. He was cut for drug abuse and randomly becoming a missing person, not performance.

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4 years 9 months ago

weird, he bats 40 pts below his career avg, after we give him a long term deal 😐

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4 years 9 months ago

Should have traded Aybar last year, but held on too long.

At this point Elliot Johnson is a better baseball player and Matt Joyce is a better DH. He’s been expendable for a full season.

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4 years 9 months ago

No he stays. He bats around .150 against 29 teams. But that doesen’t matter because he bats like .900 against the Yankees and never even finishes his swing. He hits doubles off them like it’s nothing. He gets bloop 2 run singles off them like it’s his job. If he ever got off a full swing he’d hit the ball over 500 ft against the Yanks. Obviously i’m kidding but you get the idea of how annoying he is to me.