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Willy Del Jesus Aybar (born March 9, 1983 in BanĂ­, Dominican Republic) is an infielder in Major League Baseball who is with the Tampa Bay Rays. He is the older brother of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim shortstop, Erick Aybar.

On August 31, 2005, Aybar made his Major League Baseball debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his short time on the big league roster, Aybar made strides in impressing then-manager Jim Tracy. In 86 at-bats, Aybar compiled a .326 batting average with 10 runs batted in and 3 stolen bases.

After the 2005 season, Aybar was a candidate to start at third base for the Dodgers in 2006. However, in the offseason, the Dodgers signed free agent and former batting champion Bill Mueller as their starting third baseman. After they also signed Ramon Martinez to join Oscar Robles in being the primary backups, Aybar found himself out of a job. His .216 batting average during Spring Training did not help his cause either.

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