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Angels place Erick Aybar and Jason Vargas on waivers

Aug 19, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

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We saw one waiver trade earlier today, with the Cubs sending outfielder David DeJesus to the Nationals for a player to be named later, but there could be more wheeling and dealing in the days ahead.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Angels have placed shortstop Erick Aybar and left-hander Jason Vargas on revocable waivers. The 48-hour waiver period expires on Wednesday.

Of course, just because a player is on waivers doesn’t mean they’ll be dealt. If they are claimed, the Angels can work out a trade with the claiming team, let them go, or pull them back. If they pass through waivers unclaimed, they can be traded to any team.

Aybar is owed $8.5 million per season through 2016 while Vargas is due to become a free agent following the season. We heard last month that the Cardinals had talked to the Angels about Aybar.

  1. romoscollarbone - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Yanks would have to take a long look at Aybar. Jester may be done and his decision or not. I love the captain thru and thru but his legs are rebelling.

    • km9000 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      Jester? I dunno what A-Rod would have to do with an Aybar acquisition…

      • romoscollarbone - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:56 PM

        Ya, we really need an edit function. And of course to thank Apple for the timely auto correct to Jester.

  2. elgorditodehumboldt - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    WTF? Aybar is one of the few consistently decent players the Angels have and he is a great presence in the clubhouse (something really needed since they let Torii Hunter go). Who the hell are they going to replace him with???

    • 1981titan - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      Although it has not been needed in the past three seasons, Aybar is the least clutch player the Angels have had in a long time. He can bunt for a hit, but sacrifice in key situation and he bunts into a double play or misses on a Suicide Squeeze. The Angels traded the wrong shortstop for ZG. I would not miss Aybar in the least. Hoped they would be able to resign Vargas though, or at least tender him and get a first round pick. Something the Angels have not had since they picked Trout.

  3. halohonk - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Aybar ? WTF? Trout, Pujols, Hamilton & Weave. Everyone else better look over your shoulder. How we gonna get a decent mgr in here if we start trading away our good players? Aybar is an above average shortstop and was having a good yr. 8.5 mil seems pretty cheap for his talent. Vargas was gone after this yr anyway. Guess the Angels are gonna blow it up. Start with Scioscia and work your way down.

    • km9000 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      I think everyone was looking over their shoulder before the July deadline. I’m not sure why you think Vargas was gone, considering he’s from the area, and the Angels would like him back next year.

      Is this even news, considering players routinely go on waivers without getting traded?

  4. 13arod - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    elgorditodehumboldt they have a top prospect in monots at that postion

  5. 13arod - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    halohonk they have no pitchers

  6. losanginsight - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Jerry Dipoto needs to get the boot sooner than later. Every decision he has made were terrible. He just signed Aybar this past off season because he traded away Segura to rent ZG for a few weeks. This guy has no idea about running a team. He should go back to becoming the assistant to the assistant head of scouting for the backs. Halohonk needs to stop listening to Gubi and the other joker,Rojas, during the telecast. They have no clue about anything and think the O is the problem while signing idiodic contacts and giving up a TD every game is the down fall.

    • rwoods3000 - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      I agree 100%! Dipoto has systematically ruined this team. Smh

  7. missingdiz - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Oh my. I’d like to see the Cards open up the wallet for Aybar. We need a shortstop who can hit. And getting away from a sinking ship to play for a contender ought to perk Aybar up too. Angels, I feel your pain. But if Albert heals up entirely, he’ll be much better next year (despite everything, he was on track for ~27 hr’s and 100+ RBI).

  8. autry61 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    DiPoto swung the Pujols/Wilson signings right out from under everyone. It was an incredible coup. Scioscia is still the same Scioscia he was in 2002. He just doesn’t have the same parts. You can’t blame him for injuries, only two legit starters and a horrible pen. Aybar is a Gold Glove switch hitting SS, that bats .285. I’d hate to part with him, but if its to a team that can return the young pitching we need so badly we have to think about it. I think its more logical to move Kendrick or Trumbo, (Cron isn’t far away).

    • halhiker - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:12 AM

      Scioscia isn’t the same Scioscia he was in 2002. He doesn’t have Joe Maddon, Ron Reineke or Bud Black. Those are the parts that are missing, guys who can actually coach, All Sosh does is roll out the baseballs these days.

      And don’t blame it on the parts, Who’d he really have when the Angels won the Series over a decade ago? Hall of Famers Adam Kennedy, Scott Spiezio and Chone Figgins?

      Scioscia has talent that Joe Maddon would kill for—although the team would’ve done much better to get pitching than has been sluggers Pujols and Hamiliton—and he can’t even finish third in the second worst division in baseball (the AL Central is the worst).

      Scioscia should have been fired two years ago.

      • jarathen - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        There is a lack of fundamental baseball being played in Anaheim, and that has to rest at Scioscia’s feet. The errors, the sloppy baserunning, that’s on Sosh. He has a wreck of a bulpen and not a whole lot of starting pitching, and that’s not his fault, but I think the org may need to consider change.

        Sciosica is old school at this point, and the methodology of modern front offices is starting to work its way into coaching staffs. The Angels need to be in sync, and Scioscia and DiPoto are not on the same page.

      • 1981titan - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        I’m sorry to have to thumbs down ths post. It’s not because it’s not true, it’s because it is too true (and irritating). The Angels miss Joe and Bud. The current coaching staff just can not get the best out of hteir players. The pitching coach should have been reassigned last year It is amazing how many pitchers who could not get anyone out while in go on to other teams and be productive if not all star pitchers (Darren O’Day, Fernando Rodney just to name a couple).

    • jcracc - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      I can blame Scioscia for not inspiring this team with as much talent that we all thought was there. Sometimes it is better to make a fresh start of things rather then mentioning 2002 —-which was a very long long time ago. No more Scioscia apologists.

  9. bigx21 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Wow we are ruin the team now if Aybar and Vargas gone!! Aybar has been a good player and consistent as for Vargas, started ok until injury killed his value!!

  10. halohonk - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Scioscia is not even close to the same mgr he was in 2002. I think he doesnt have the fire in him. Whats he been thrown out of 1 game this year and that was automatic because our pitcher threw at someone. He is signed thru 2018! Who gives a mgr a 10 yr contract? Thats worse than Pujols.
    Lets clean house, Get some young blood in here to coach this team up next year. Its time for Mike to hit the road and take Butch with him.

  11. andreweac - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    Scioscia needs to go. His antics have grown incredibly tired. He is incredibly overrated as a manager.

    Aybar will never reach the NL via waivers. He will surely be claimed by numerous AL teams.

  12. theern - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    I can see why people are blaming Scioscia and Depito but a lot of the blame need to go straight to Moreno . i would guarantee that 99% of baseball decision go through him. In their interviews both Hamilton and Albert both said it was Moreno that called them. He is slowly but surly becoming the Jerry Jones and Al Davis of baseball, taking all he credit when something goes their way but throwing all the blame elsewhere when it doesn’t. I do believe that a GM needs time to put his plan together. its hasn’t even been 2 full season. Tony Riggens killed this team before Depito even looked at it. As for Scioscia he has never been the same with out Renokie Bud Black and Joe Maddon. It is probably time for him to go but if you do who do you replace him with? old a$$ Charlie Manuel Bobby Valentine one of the same old recycled old mangers that haven’t done anything anywhere thats why they are not managing. Before everyone get fired you better have a good replacement who is able to coach these high paid players and who is able to keep the only player we really need Mike Trout.

  13. coachroy - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Asking Waivers on Erick Aybar is one of the stupidest ideas I have heard the Angels come up with. Maybe his walks are down, but his clutch hits and sterling defense at shortstop is not. Come on Angels, get your head out!

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