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Yunel Escobar | Third Baseman | #6

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (33) / 11/2/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 2 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Angels acquired INF Yunel Escobar from the Nationals for RHP Trevor Gott and RHP Michael Brady.
Escobar is penciled in as the Angels' starter at third base next season after batting .314/.375/.415 with nine homers and 56 RBI with the Nats last season. He could move to second base if the Halos sign David Freese or another player to man the hot corner. Escobar will make $7 million in 2016 with a $7 million club option for 2017. Thu, Dec 10, 2015 06:50:00 PM

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that infielder Yunel Escobar has been traded to the Angels.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi was first to mention that the two teams were talking. Escobar can either fill the Angels' hole at second base or third base. He posted a cool .314/.375/.415 batting line with nine home runs and 56 RBI in 139 games this past season for the Nationals and is owed just $7 million in 2016. Washington will get hard-throwing right-handed reliever Trevor Gott in return.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 03:31:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Angels are discussing a trade for Yunel Escobar.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported last week that Escobar would be shopped during the Winter Meetings, and it sounds like those talks have heated up on the final day in Nashville. It's a weak free agent market for third basemen, and Escobar is coming off a strong year with Washington during which he slashed .314/.375/.415 across 139 games. The 33-year-old is owed just $7 million in 2016 with a $7 million club option (or $1 million buyout) for 2017.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 03:21:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, there is an expectation that the Nationals will try to shop Yunel Escobar at next week's Winter Meetings in Nashville.

This seems like a case of Washington trying to capitalize on a weak free agent market at third base. Escobar posted a strong .314/.375/.415 batting line with nine home runs and 56 RBI in 139 games this past season for the Nationals. The 33-year-old is owed $7 million in 2016 and carries a $7 million club option (or $1 million buyout) for 2017.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 10:52:00 AM

Yunel Escobar is absent from the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

Escobar started both ends of a doubleheader Saturday after returning from a back injury, but he's back on the bench in this one. The Nats have Trea Turner at second base and Anthony Rendon at third.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 01:06:00 PM

Yunel Escobar (back) is out of the Nationals' lineup again Thursday against the Braves.

Escobar has now missed four starts in a row due to discomfort in his upper back. Trea Turner will get another start at second base and bat second while Anthony Rendon will play third.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 04:17:00 PM

Yunel Escobar (back) was a late scratch from the Nationals' starting lineup on Wednesday.

Escobar has now missed three straight starts with discomfort in his upper back. Anthony Rendon is at third base, Trea Turner is at second base, and Ian Desmond is at shortstop on Wednesday night against the Braves.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 05:03:00 PM

Yunel Escobar (back) is back in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

Escobar sat out the last two contests with a sore upper back, but he's ready to roll now. The veteran infielder boasts a .318/.377/.420 batting line this season.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 03:53:00 PM

Yunel Escobar is out Tuesday against the Braves with an upper back issue.

Consider him day-to-day heading into the final six games of the regular season. Anthony Rendon is starting at third base in Tuesday night's series opener in Atlanta.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 05:19:00 PM

Yunel Escobar went 3-for-5 with an RBI double and an RBI single in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Orioles.

Escobar came through with an RBI single in the fifth inning and an RBI double in the seventh. While the Nationals have disappointed as a team this season, their 32-year-old third baseman is hitting a cool .326/.384/.431 with nine homers and 56 RBI. After three consecutive seasons with batting averages below .260, his numbers took a quantum leap in 2015. There's little reason to suspect he'll hit like this for average again next season.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 07:40:00 PM

Yunel Escobar went 4-for-4 in the Nationals' 13-3 rout of the Marlins on Sunday.

Escobar drew a walk and scored in the first inning, singled in the third inning, singled and doubled in the sixth inning, and added yet another single in the eighth. He finished with three runs scored and four RBI, and is now batting .324/.383/.429 with 73 runs scored and 53 RBI in 130 total games this season.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 04:41:00 PM

Yunel Escobar (hamstring) is in the Nationals' starting lineup Thursday night against the Marlins.

Escobar left Wednesday's game with mild tightness in his hamstring. It obviously wasn't too serious. He is starting at third base and batting second for the Nats on Thursday versus Marlins right-hander Jarred Cosart.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 03:38:00 PM

Yunel Escobar left Wednesday's win over the Phillies with some mild hamstring tightness.

"Escobar didn't want to push it too hard, so we got him out of there," Nationals manager Matt Williams told reporters after the game. "It was a little tight. I don't anticipate anything to worry about at this point. We'll see how he is [Thursday]. We didn't want to take a chance." Washington opens a four-game set against the Marlins on Thursday night.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 09:10:00 AM

Yunel Escobar (illness) is back in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

Escobar was unable to play Saturday because of a stomach bug, but he's apparently feeling better. The third baseman has recorded multiple hits in seven of nine games this month and sports a .321 batting average for the season.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 11:05:00 AM

Yunel Escobar was scratched from Saturday's lineup because of a stomach bug.

Instead, Anthony Rendon will get the start at third base. Escobar has raised his average nine points during his four-game hitting streak and is now hitting .321 for the season. That's well above his career mark of .281. Escobar is day-to-day.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 06:31:00 PM

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