ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Atlanta Braves have traded shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels for shortstop Erick Aybar and top pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis.
The Braves also get $2.5 million, while the Angels get minor league catcher Jose Briceno in the trade announced Thursday night.
Simmons is arguably the best defensive shortstop in baseball, winning the Gold Glove in 2013 and 2014. He was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday, offsetting his mediocre offensive skills with spectacular work in the field.
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Aybar has been the Angels' starting shortstop since 2008 and a key player in Anaheim for a decade, making the AL All-Star team in 2014. He has been dependable in the field and at the plate, but will be a free agent next winter.