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  1. Joe Maddon: “I think the bunt is an overrated play”

    Apr 13, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    The Rays are having trouble scoring runs. The Joe Maddon-led bunch entered this afternoon’s game with the Red Sox having scored 32 in nine games, the third-worst rate in the American League. The Rays managed just one more run in ten innings against Jon Lester and the Sox bullpen today. In the top of the…

  2. 2013 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

    Mar 18, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Tampa Bay Rays. The Big Question: is this the year Evan Longoria challenges for the MVP award? Longoria has…

  3. 2013 preview: Miami Marlins

    Mar 15, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Miami Marlins. The Big Question: Can the Marlins recover from their latest fire sale? A little over a year…

  4. Rays may be looking to trade infielder Reid Brignac

    Feb 3, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT

    reid brignac getty

    According to beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, there was “some chatter last week” around the Rays organization that a trade could be in the works involving utility infielder Reid Brignac. Brignac is a steady defender and is capable of playing all around the diamond, but he batted just .095 with a…

  5. Bargain-hunting Rays still have some holes

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon, Andrew Friedman

    The Rays have spent some money this winter, adding Yunel Escobar for shortstop, James Loney for first base and Roberto Hernandez to the pitching staff. Their rotation is fine even with James Shields gone and the infield might be set, if Ben Zobrist plays second base, but the team still has some needs as is.…

  6. Rays work out trade with Marlins for shortstop Yunel Escobar

    Dec 4, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT

    yunel escobar getty

    From CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler comes word that the Rays and Marlins are close to a trade that will send shortstop Yunel Escobar to Tampa Bay in exchange for infield prospect Derek Dietrich. Escobar was acquired by the Marlins as part of last month’s blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays, but Miami never really planned…

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

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar

    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…

  8. Athletics considering free agent shortstops Stephen Drew and Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

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    The Athletics could be involved in trade talks with the Marlins for Yunel Escobar, but they are also keeping their eyes on the free agent market. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Athletics general manager Billy Beane said this evening that Stephen Drew and Hiroyuki Nakajima are the two free agent shortstop…

  9. Ricky Nolasco wants to be traded

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    ricky nolasco getty

    After watching the Marlins dismantle their roster over the past few months, Ricky Nolasco‘s agent, Matt Sosnick told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick today that his client wants to be traded: “Ricky and I have spoken a lot since the end of the season,” Sosnick said. “Just watching the way the offseason has transpired for the Marlins…

  10. The Marlins are shopping Yunel Escobar

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar

    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Rays are pursuing Escobar and that the A’s could also be in play. 7:20 PM: The Marlins acquired Yunel Escobar last month as part of the 12-player blockbuster with the Blue Jays, but he was never expected to be long for Miami, as he’s owed $5 million…

  11. Bud Selig approves Marlins-Blue Jays blockbuster citing “plausible baseball judgment”

    Nov 19, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Commissioner Bud Selig has signed off on the blockbuster Marlins-Blue Jays trade one week after Miami agreed to send Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio to Toronto for Adeiny Hechavarria, Yunel Escobar, Henderson Alvarez, Jeff Mathis, Justin Nicolino, Jake Marisnick, and Anthony Desclafani. There was some speculation that Selig might…

  12. Breaking down the huge Toronto-Miami trade

    Nov 13, 2012, 8:16 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    It’s not official yet, but here are some early thoughts on the trade as it’s currently being presented: Blue Jays acquire SS Jose Reyes, RHP Josh Johnson, LHP Mark Buehrle, INF-OF Emilio Bonifacio, C John Buck and $4 million from the Marlins for SS Yunel Escobar, RHP Henderson Alvarez, SS Adeiny Hechvarria, LHP Justin Nicolino,…

  13. Blue Jays getting Johnson, Buehrle, Reyes, Buck and Bonifacio in megatrade with Marlins

    Nov 13, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

    josh johnson, mark buehrle getty

    UPDATE, 8:58 PM: Olney says the 12-player trade might not be finalized until sometime Wednesday. UPDATE, 7:49 PM: Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel adds that right-handed prospect Anthony DeSclafani is going to Miami. That’s the final piece of the puzzle. Here’s the breakdown: BLUE JAYS GET: SS Jose Reyes RHP Josh Johnson LHP…

  14. The Blue Jays are looking to trade Yunel Escobar

    Oct 22, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Yunel Escobar eye black

    Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays are looking to trade shortstop Yunel Escobar this winter. Between him being basically run out of Atlanta a couple of years ago due the perception that he wasn’t a team player, that business with the eyeblack late this season, the fact that he makes $5 million next year…

  15. That’s some clown makeup, bro

    Oct 8, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Harper eye black

    It’s really sunny in St. Louis today. Like, blindingly so. But don’t worry, folks, because Bryce Harper‘s got his: That’s gotta be the second most offensive eyeblack of the season. And even Yunel Escobar is probably watching this on TV and saying “damn.” We laugh, but when he’s the only one who isn’t blinded by…

  16. MLB investigating homophobic message sent from Derek Holland’s Twitter account

    Oct 1, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Getty Derek Holland

    According to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said earlier this evening that MLB is investigating a homophobic message sent from Derek Holland‘s Twitter account to a heckler last night. The tweet, which has since been deleted, was posted during the second game of yesterday’s doubleheader against the Angels in…

  17. Yunel Escobar moving on, maybe learning a bit

    Sep 28, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar eye black

    Yunel Escobar quietly returned last night.  There’s a story about it in The Globe and Mail. Interesting tidbits:  (a) a meeting with the head of You Can Play, which promotes equality and respect for athletes of all sexual orientations; and (b) Escobar catching the ceremonial first pitch from David Testo, an openly gay soccer player. Also of note:…

  18. Yunel Escobar back from suspension but out of lineup

    Sep 21, 2012, 7:09 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar

    Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar‘s team-imposed three-game suspension has concluded, but he’s not in the lineup for Friday’s game against the Rays. Escobar was suspended Tuesday after wearing eye black inscribed with an anti-gay slur. “When we met earlier today it became increasingly clear during that discussion that he needs another day to get back…

  19. “The Meaning of “‘Tu Ere Maricon’”

    Sep 19, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Kansas City Royals

    Chip Buck writes for the Red Sox blog Fire Brand of the American League.  He’s also gay, and this morning he has a lengthy contemplation about the Yunel Escobar business. While Chip notes that Escobar is perfectly within his rights to believe what he wants to believe, he also notes that Escobar’s actions are not…

  20. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 19, 2012, 6:16 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Tigers 12, Athletics 2: Lose your starter after two innings? No problem. Because the Tigers have a Hulk. Miguel Cabrera hit two homers and drove in six, starting the A’s hella road trip off in poor fashion. Reds 3, Cubs 1: Homer Bailey took a two-hit shutout into the eighth over what was likely some…

  21. Bud Selig’s statement about Yunel Escobar

    Sep 18, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Thus spake Selig: “Major League Baseball supports today’s decision by the Blue Jays to discipline Yunel Escobar and commends them for handling this situation appropriately and promptly.  It is important to note that in addition to being suspended without pay, Mr. Escobar has agreed to complete a sensitivity training program and will participate in a…

  22. Yunel Escobar suspended for three games

    Sep 18, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar eye black

    It was just announced that the Blue Jays have suspended Yunel Escobar for three games over his anti-gay eye black. Escobar will also participate in a sensitivity training program “in accordance with the Toronto Blue Jays and Major League Baseball.” The punishment was agreed upon between the Blue Jays, the union and Major League Baseball. It’s worth…

  23. Escobar the victim of a prank? Possible, but unlikely

    Sep 18, 2012, 8:24 AM EDT

    Yunel Escobar eye black

    One possibility that should be considered in the Yunel Escobar eye black thing is that he was the victim of a prank.  The problem with that, though? Mr. Escobar, a 29-year-old native of Havana, Cuba, has been seen at other games this season with different Spanish phrases written on his eye black. And If Yunel…

  24. Blue Jays issue statement regarding Yunel Escobar

    Sep 17, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    Blue Jays cap logo

    The Blue Jays released a statement this evening regarding shortstop Yunel Escobar, who was spotted with a homophobic slur on his eye black during Saturday’s game. The Toronto Blue Jays do not support discrimination of any kind nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday’s game. The club takes this situation seriously and…

  25. Yunel Escobar and the homophobic eye black

    Sep 17, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar eye black

    Because he’s bad at baseball,* Yunel Escobar has long been widely derided by fans of any team he’s played for.  But now there is a reason for the rest of us to loathe him. He’s quite possibly a homophobic jackass. Caught by Jays fan @james_in_to and featured over at the Drunk Jays Fan blog, pictures taken…

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