“We don’t want to trade Erick Aybar; he’s a great, winning player. We need to win more games this year, and he’s going to be a big part of that. So we’re very happy to hold onto Eric Aybar.”
He also said that Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson “have all been very impressive” during spring training, that he wouldn’t rule out calling them up this year, and added, “Sometimes, when you bring up prospects early, they’re more willing to sign long-term because they know you didn’t hold them hostage or try to manipulate them in any way.”
Now, ordinarily, when a GM is about to trade a guy, you start hearing them deny that they are about to trade that player a bit more loudly than usual. (For example, Coppy hasn’t loudly denied any plans to trade Ender Inciarte in a while. That could suggest that there haven’t been any recent offers he likes.)
If there is one thing that the last 24 months have taught us, it is that this team is willing to sell anything that isn’t bolted to the floor. I would be shocked if Aybar was still a Brave in August.