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Blue Jays ink Yunel Escobar to two-year, $10M extension

Jun 19, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

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Danny Knobler of CBS Sports passes along word that the Blue Jays have agreed to terms on a two-year, $10 million contract extension with shortstop Yunel Escobar. The new deal also carries $5 million club options for 2014 and 2015.

Escobar was arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career this past winter and scored $2.9 million in salary for 2011. The new contract will buy out his remaining arbitration seasons and potentially his first two years of free agency, all at a reasonable price.

Escobar, a 28-year-old native of Cuba, has posted a cool .281/.359/.431 batting line with eight homers and 26 RBI in 66 games this season. He also has a strong defensive reputation at the shortstop position.

The Jays acquired Escobar last summer in a five-player trade with the Braves involving Alex Gonzalez.

  1. missthemexpos - Jun 19, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Great signing, under the guidance of Bautista, Escobar will mature and become a key clog for many years with the Beaver Boys.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 19, 2011 at 2:36 PM

      Freudian slip? :-)

      • missthemexpos - Jun 19, 2011 at 9:27 PM

        Touche!

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 19, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    the jays need to join the expos already and just go away for good

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 19, 2011 at 6:09 PM

      The trouble with Harry is that he tries to be ignorant in an immature way.

    • cur68 - Jun 20, 2011 at 12:01 AM

      Wow harry, up early for your usual dispensation of vitriol? Not oven the crack of 6PM and here you are slinging mud. Take your own advice, eh? Do go away; there’s a good chap.

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