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Yunel Escobar a possibility for Rays, A’s and Red Sox

Dec 4, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

Yunel Escobar Reuters

While there are bigger names out there to be had, perhaps no player is more likely to be traded this week than new Marlins infielder Yunel Escobar.

Escobar was mostly included in the Jose Reyes-Josh Johnson megadeal for salary purposes, and the Marlins have been intent on moving him since the day they picked him up from the Blue Jays. CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler says the A’s, Rays and Yankees are all interested, and FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi says the Red Sox are also in the running.

The A’s, Rays and Red Sox would all be looking at Escobar as a shortstop, while the Yankees would presumably use him at third base until Alex Rodriguez is healthy.

According to Knobler, the Marlins’ talks with the A’s regarding Escobar have centered on prospects Grant Green and Brad Peacock. Green, a former first-round pick, has experience at shortstop, second base and in center field. He hit .296/.338/.458 as a 24-year-old in Triple-A last season. Peacock, who was sent to Oakland from the Nationals in the Gio Gonzalez deal, was 12-9 with a 6.01 ERA and a 139/66 K/BB ratio in 134 2/3 innings in Triple-A last season.

One imagines the A’s would like to see what happens with Stephen Drew before they surrender a prospect for Escobar. They already have an offer out to him.

  1. skeleteeth - Dec 4, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Nice! He can go to the Ramrod after home games too.

  2. garylanglais - Dec 4, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    He’s not coming to the Red Sox. While neither Farrell or Escobar publicly said there were any problems between them, they had numerous one-on-one discussions in hopes of remedying “baseball issues.”

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 4, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      Glad to hear it.

    • jaysjunkie - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      Frankly, I’m fine with him going to any of those AL East teams. A Red Sox team with new adds Victorino, Napoli and maybe Escobar? Not exactly boot shaking. When I saw the Red Sox mentioned I also thought the same thing, that Farrell cannot possibly want anything else to do with this guy.

  3. jaybird22seven - Dec 4, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    New York Yankees meet your new third basemen !!!
    He will fit right in with the rest of the team.

  4. Old Gator - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    In a way, this makes me nervous. When the local spawrts pandits were speculatin’ on a hypothesis (they know they don’t know nuthin’) they figgered that Escobar was going to play third, thus perpetuating the Feesh strategy of trying not to play a third baseman at third. Now, if he’s moved, there’s the risk that the Feesh will retrieve an actual third baseman off the scrapheap in the Rule 5 draft and destroy a beautiful tradition.

    It doesn’t really matter, though – hardly anyone will be watching next season, and those who do watch will only be watching because they’re sheep.

  5. jwbiii - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    So, Adeiny Hechavarria at short and Donovan Solano at 3rd? Is that the plan?

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