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5 Yunel Escobar SS
Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 11/2/1982 | Birthplace: Havana, Cuba | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $5,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 12/7 | Average Draft Position: 408.75
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Nationals' Yunel Escobar gets strong reviews at second


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Nationals second baseman Yunel Escobar received strong reviews after taking fielding practice at the position on Thursday, according to MLB.com.

Escobar met with team officials recently to discuss the transition. While he was initially hesitant to move off shortstop, Escobar said he's now committed to being the best second baseman in the league. Escobar spent the past month preparing at second base, but asked that the Nationals be patient as he gets used to his new spot.

Nationals defensive coordinator Mark Weidemaier doesn't think it will take long for Escobar to master the new position. "His athleticism, his agility...his footwork is excellent," Weidemaier said. "I don't think it's going to be a big transition for him."

Escobar, 32, hit .258/.324/.340 over 476 at-bats last year.


Nationals' Escobar: I'm determined to be one of best 2B in NL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar initially had some doubts about moving from shortstop to second base, but after meeting with general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Matt Williams, he is all for the position switch.

“I'm determined to be one of the best second basemen in the National League,” Escobar told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman in a phone interview.

”After what they expressed to me and what their vision is, I feel more comfortable,” Escobar said through Alex Esteban, his agent who acted as interpreter. “I am going to play second base with an open mind.”


Escobar to start at 2B for Nationals, Espinosa returns to utility role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Thursday infielder Yunel Escobar, who was acquired in a trade Wednesday with the Athletics, will be the team's starting second baseman.

Rizzo added Danny Espinosa, who started a team-high 77 games at second base in 2014, will return to a utility role.


Nationals GM Mike Rizzo: Ian Desmond 'is our shortstop'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) While it doesn't appear the Nationals have made progress on a long-term deal with shortstop Ian Desmond, it appears he will be the team's starting shortstop in 2015. General manager Mike Rizzo made that point when talking to the media Thursday after the acquisition of infielder Yunel Escobar, who will be the team's starting second baseman.

"Ian Desmond is our shortstop," Rizzo said. "He’s the leader of our team. He’s one of the best shortstops in all of baseball."

FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal reported earlier this week Desmond was part of a failed three-team trade between the Nationals, Mets and Rays. Rizzo said a trade offer would "have to be pretty elaborate not to have Ian Desmond on this team," per CSNwashington.com.

Desmond remains a trade possibility for the Mets, major-league sources told the New York Daily News. As of Thursday, no deal was imminent, and talks between the two sides have not gained traction. However, the Mets continue to monitor Desmond's situation amid expectations they will talk to the Nationals again.

The 29-year-old shortstop is entering the final year of his contract.


Nationals deal Tyler Clippard for Athletics infielder Yunel Escobar


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) The Nationals have traded reliever Tyler Clippard for Athletics infielder Yunel Escobar, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Clippard news was initially reported by MLB.com. The deal is pending a physical.

Escobar was just acquired by Oakland, but will be on the move once again. The 32-year-old is coming off a season in which he posted a .258/.324/.340 slash line over 476 at-bats. Escobar is under contract for two more seasons. He's set to make a total of $13 million over those two years. He also has a $7 million option for 2017. Prior to joining Oakland, Escobar spent his last two years with the Rays. 

Clippard, 29, is under control for one more season. He's currently arbitration-eligible, and hasn't settled on a contract for the 2015 season. Clippard posted a 2.18 ERA over 70 1/3 innings last year. 


Report: Zobrist, Desmond were part of failed Mets-Rays-Nationals trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) A three-team trade involving the Mets, Nationals and Rays, which included players Ian Desmond and Ben Zobrist, had been discussed recently, but fell through after the Mets balked at the Rays asking price, sources told FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. 

The talks unfolded with the Nationals trading Desmond to the Rays for Zobrist and Yunel Escobar, who were eventually traded to the Athletics on Saturday. The Rays would have then dealt Desmond to the Mets, who are looking for an upgrade at shortstop.

Unfortunately, the Mets chose not to pursue the deal after the Rays requested two top prospects from a list of three, which New York considered too much for Desmond, who will be a free agent after the 2015 season. The Rays' list included Mets top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard. It is not known who the other two targets were.

The Mets were also engaged with the Rays in a trade for Zobrist, but once again the Rays wanted two top prospects and the Mets did not want to make that deal. Zobrist will also be a free agent after the 2015 season.


A's acquire Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar from Rays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2015) The Athletics have acquired infielders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Rays in exchange for catcher John Jaso and two prospects and cash, both clubs announced Saturday. The two prospects include shortstop Daniel Robertson and outfielder Boog Powell.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle first reported the trade, and CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirmed the deal.

Zobrist, a two-time All Star, is coming off a season in which he hit .272/.354/.395 over 570 at-bats. He is entering the final year of his contract, and is due $7.5 million next season. Escobar, 32, hit 258/.324/.340 with seven homers and 39 RBI over 476 at-bats in 2014. He is expected to earn $5 million this season and $7 million in 2016, with a club option for 2017 at $7 million with a $1 million buyout.

The move will likely turn recently acquired Marcus Semien into an "everyday super utility player," Slusser said.


MRI shows no structural damage for Yunel Escobar


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Rays manager Joe Maddon told reporters that shortstop Yunel Escobar underwent an MRI, which showed no tears or structural damage, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Escobar suffered a left knee sprain on Tuesday, which knocked him out for the final week of the season. He hit 258/.324/.340 with seven homers and 39 RBI over 476 at-bats.

Yunel Escobar done for year


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar has had his season cut give games short. A left knee sprain sustained Tuesday against Boston will prevent him from playing the rest of the way, per the Tampa Tribune.

Escobar, who suffered the sprain when his spike stuck in the dirt trying to avoid a tag and score from second base, will undergo an MRI to ensure there is no further damage. He finishes the year with a .258/.324/.340 stat line, but just 33 runs and 39 RBI in 476 at-bats.


Yunel Escobar leaves game with knee sprain


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar was removed from Tuesday's game with a left knee sprain, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Escobar was 1 for 1 before exiting and is day-to-day with the injury.

Yunel Escobar returns from one-game absence with illness


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees, after sitting out Sunday's game with an illness. He missed one game, but the day off Monday also helped him get back to full health. 

Yunel Escobar out sick on Sunday


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/7/2014) Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar is dealing with an illness, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He was left out of Sunday's lineup against the Orioles, as Ben Zobrist took over at shortstop.

Yunel Escobar sticking with Rays


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar will remain with Tampa Bay, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Escobar was claimed on waivers by the Athletics, but the Rays opted to pull him back. Escobar had expressed a desire to remain in Tampa Bay, and the team decided that was for the best. Escobar is hitting .253/.317/.318 over 396 at-bats.


Report: Rays unlikely to trade Yunel Escobar to A's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) The Rays are unlikely to trade shortstop Yunel Escobar to the Athletics, according to the Tampa Bay Times on Monday. The A's won the claim to Escobar on Sunday and had until 1 p.m. Tuesday to work out a trade, but it seems as if Tampa Bay will pull the shortstop back from waivers.

Escobar is hitting .253 with four homers and 31 RBI over 396 at-bats in his second season for Tampa Bay.

Report: A's win claim on Yunel Escobar


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) The Athletics have won the claim to Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar, who is on revocable waivers, FOXSports.com reports.

The teams have until 1 p.m. Tuesday to work out a trade, and the Rays also have the options of pulling Escobar back from waivers or letting the A's take him for no compensation aside from the salary relief associated with the shortstop's contract. Escobar is set to make $12 million over the next two seasons, and his contract has a $7-million club option for 2017 that includes a $1-million buyout.


Yunel Escobar ejected for arguing strikes


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Rays infielder Yunel Escobar was ejected for arguing strikes Wednesday.

Escobar singled in his first at-bat,  but was ejected after his second appearance. He was called out on strikes, and was ejected after arguing with the umpire. Escobar finished the game 1 for 2, with a run scored.


Rays activate Yunel Escobar from DL Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) The Rays activated infielder Yunel Escobar from the 15-day disabled list as expected Friday, after his recovery from a shoulder injury.  

Escobar has been out since suffering the injury June 24, when he was hitting .244/.322/.328 in 262 at-bats. 


Yunel Escobar still on track for Friday return


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar is still on track for a Friday return, according to the Tampa Bay Times

Escobar was able to go five innings during his rehab start Wednesday. Manager Joe Maddon said he expects Escobar to play shortstop with the major-league club Friday. Escobar is hitting .244/.322/.328 over 262 at-bats.


Yunel Escobar begins Class A rehab assignment Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar began a rehab assignment with high Class A Charlotte Tuesday, going 1 for 4 and scoring a run.

Escobar is on the 15-day disabled list with a sore shoulder. He is expected to play another game Wednesday before potentially returning to the Rays for Friday's series opener against the Blue Jays.


Rain delays Yunel Escobar rehab assignment


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Rays Monday, but the team's scheduled game was postponed due to rain.

Escobar will likely make his rehab debut Tuesday instead, provided the weather cooperates. He's recovering from a shoulder injury that has kept him sidelined since June 24.


Yunel Escobar set to begin rehab stint Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar will begin a rehab assignment Monday with the Gulf Coast League Rays. He has been sidelined with a shoulder ailment since June 24, but only placed on the disabled list Tuesday.

Escobar owns a poor .244/.322/.328 stat line and has scored just 13 runs as a starter all season.


Rays send Yunel Escobar to disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) The Rays have placed Yunel Escobar on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Escobar has been sidelined since last Tuesday while nursing a sore shoulder. The team waited until seeing Escobar in pregame workouts Monday before making the decision to keep Escobar out until at least week while recovering from the injury.


Yunel Escobar sits out a sixth straight game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar did not make it back into the starting lineup Monday at N.Y. Yankees, missing a sixth straight start due to a shoulder injury. Ben Zobrist was once again back at shortstop for Tampa Bay.

Rays waiting until Monday to evaluate Yunel Escobar


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Rays manager Joe Maddon said shortstop Yunel Escobar (shoulder) felt better Sunday, per The Tampa Tribune. Escobar will go through a full pregame workout Monday before the team makes a decision about a potential stint on the disabled list.

Yunel Escobar's status remains up in the air


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Rays manager Joe Maddon said before Sunday's game against the Orioles he was uncertain if shortstop Yunel Escobar (shoulder) would need a stint on the disabled list. Though, Escobar played catch Sunday after swinging a bat Saturday, per MLB.com.

"I'd like to really move this thing along, one way or the other," Maddon said, "so I'm eager to find out what the results are of this test."