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Angels acquire Andrelton Simmons from Braves for Erick Aybar, prospects

Angels acquire Andrelton Simmons from Braves for Erick Aybar, prospects

The Angels ought to be a joy to watch on defense next season. Whether their team is better off for sacrificing two of their very few prospects remains to be seen.

The Angels on Thursday acquired Andrelton Simmons, widely regarded as the best-fielding shortstop in the major leagues, for shortstop Erick Aybar and pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis.

In Billy Eppler's first trade as the Angels' general manager, he solved one of the pressing issues next winter without resolving any of the pressing issues of the moment.

Aybar, 31, the Angels' shortstop since 2008, is eligible for free agency after next season. Simmons, 26, is signed through the 2020 season, for...

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