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A’s claim Yunel Escobar off revocable waivers from Rays

Aug 24, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT

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From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Athletics have claimed Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar off revocable waivers. The two teams have until 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday to work out a trade.

Tampa Bay got promising young shortstop Nick Franklin in three-team David Price trade and the A’s lost Jed Lowrie earlier this month to a fractured right index finger, so a trade seems very possible. The A’s have even been linked to Escobar in the past.

Escobar entered play Sunday with a weak .249/.313/.316 slash line, but the 31-year-old rates very highly defensively. He’s owed $5 million next season and $7 million in 2016 with a $7 million club option for 2017.

  1. clydeserra - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    well, there is also the whole, traded the ss of the future for the A’s.

    But I don’t see a deal getting done. Escobar will have more value over the winter and the Rays have a history of asking more than Beane likes to give up. I would be surprised to see a deal done.

    • indaburg - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      The Price trade demonstrated that the Rays are willing to take under market value. The A’s can have Escobar.

  2. bigmeechy74 - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    The rays offense is pathetic. I’d like them to give Tim Beckham a chance one of these days. He couldnt be any worse than the crap players they roll out there on a daily basis

    • tuberippin - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      He certainly could be, which is a big reason why he isn’t in the major leagues. Also, because he’s out for the season IIRC.

  3. patrick33706 - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    I think the Rays are a better team with Zobrist at short. Their winning streak was with Zo at short and Forsythe at second. I don’t know what it is but it seems at times that Escobar has hustle issues. He’s a great fielder when his heads in the game … of the top tier shortstops!

  4. watermelon1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Orioles missing on a chance to fix the defensive issue that is obviously affecting their bats.

  5. steve7921 - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Yunel is gone….Friedman will take whatever the A’s offer and will have $19 million to play with next year and bring up Franklin now!

  6. wilmyers09 - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    bigmeechy74 beckham tore his acl u idiot and he isnt even that good anymore

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      he’s back you munch. and he never has had a chance. how could he be worse than guys like reid brignac. wil myers sucks btw lol

  7. renaado - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    This might be Lee Hak-Ju’s time to shine there at SS center stage.

  8. mf44srq - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Oh please send Escobar to Oakland for anything you can get. He’s 31 and acts 13… Good riddance

  9. rawdog2013 - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Make it happen Beane. Attitude problems aside, we can use this guy.

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