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Despite waiver claim, an A’s-Rays trade for Yunel Escobar unlikely

Aug 25, 2014, 9:49 AM EDT

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Yesterday the Athletics claimed Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar off revocable waivers. The two teams have until 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday to work out a trade. And, despite the fact that the teams seem to matchup pretty well on paper — the Rays got a younger, cheaper infielder in Nick Franklin from Seattle, the A’s lost Jed Lowrie to an injury — Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says that a trade is unlikely.

Mostly because the Rays aren’t treating Franklin like a shortstop. They’ve been playing him at second base at Durham. And the Mariners, it should be worth noting, played him at second far more often than short in the bigs as well, even though he played more short in the minor leagues.

Escobar is under contract through 2016 with a club option for 2017. Looks like he’ll be doing that as a Tampa Bay Ray.

  1. raysfan1 - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Depends on what the As are willing to part with. We will see. I kind of doubt anything happens though as both teams look for young/cheap talent with multiple years of team control.

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