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A’s won’t be trading for Yunel Escobar, as Rays pull shortstop back off waivers

Aug 25, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT

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As expected the Rays have pulled back Yunel Escobar off revocable waivers after the shortstop was claimed by the A’s.

Tampa Bay was only able to negotiate a deal with Oakland and ultimately decided Escobar was worth hanging onto with two seasons and $13 million remaining on his contract.

Escobar has hit just .253 with four homers and a .635 OPS in 113 games this season and wasn’t much better last year, but the bar for shortstops is always very low offensively and the Rays like his defense (and presumably don’t believe Nick Franklin is a legitimate shortstop).

  1. raysfan1 - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    *gasp!* (faints from the surprise)

  2. SocraticGadfly - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Makes sense. I’ll now also presume that they pick up the option on Zobrist, too.

    Look. Bawlmore may regress. There’s no guarantee the Sawks will rebound. The Yanks will be a year older and someday Girardi’s voodoo may run out. Who knows about the Jays?

    So, the Rays could be right in the mix next year.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      Socratic,agree completely.Pretty much for your stated reasons.I also think this off-season will be great.Sox and Yanks will spend out of entitlement,the Jays think they could be close for sure,O’s may or may not upgrade the pitching,the Ray’s though,they are like the little engine that could.

      Year after year. The Rays deserve Marlins Stadium.Loria should have the Rays stadium.At least he would have an excuse for being a detestable colostomy face.

  3. jerze2387 - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    tu Eres un rayo de tampa

  4. huddlma - Aug 26, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Escobar has all the talent in the world, but all these teams are giving up on him. No wonder the Braves and Blue Jays (and now Rays) were willing to part ways. He’s not a clubhouse guy, and he doesn’t give 100%.

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