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Yunel Escobar | Shortstop

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (32) / 11/2/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Rays are willing to listen to trade offers for Yunel Escobar.
The Rays, Rosenthal notes, are willing to listen on just about anyone. In Escobar, a team would be acquiring a good defensive shortstop -- if 2014 was the statistical outlier -- with a team-friendly deal through 2017, potentially. If Escobar were to be dealt, the Rays have other internal shortstop options in Ben Zobrist and possibly Nick Franklin who could fill in in the short term. Nov 25 - 6:05 PM

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Rays manager Joe Maddon said Thursday that an MRI on Yunel Escobar's left knee showed no tears or structural damage.

Escobar injured the knee during an awkward slide into home plate on Tuesday. The good news is that he's only dealing with a bruise, but there won't be enough time for him to return this season.
Sep 25 - 5:48 PM

Rays manager Joe Maddon said after Tuesday's game that Yunel Escobar (knee) is likely done for the season.

Escobar suffered a left knee sprain in the game and will undergo a precautionary MRI. The Rays are confident the ailment is minor, but they don't feel the need to push Escobar to return. "You probably won't see him the rest of the season, honestly,'' Maddon said. "I think it's severe enough that even during the (bulk of the) regular season he would not play the rest of this week.'' Maddon figures to mix-and-match at shortstop the rest of the way.
Sep 24 - 10:57 AM

Yunel Escobar left Tuesday's game versus the Red Sox with a left knee sprain.

Escobar suffered the injury on an awkward slide into home plate. He's being called day-to-day but will undergo an MRI just in case. He could return to action later this week.
Sep 23 - 8:23 PM

Yunel Escobar provided the Rays all of their offense on Thursday, going 3-for-3 with a walk, two home runs, and four RBI, but the Yankees walked off 5-4 winners.

Escobar broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a three-run home run off of Michael Pineda, then added another run in the seventh with another home run of the solo variety against Pineda. Escobar hadn't homered since June 16 and still only has six on the season along with 37 RBI and a meager .253/.320/.332 slash line.
Sep 11 - 10:36 PM

Yunel Escobar is not in Sunday's lineup due to illness.

He should be fine in a day or two. Ben Zobrist is at shortstop Sunday in Escobar's place.
Sep 7 - 12:21 PM

Yunel Escobar scampered home on a passed ball in the ninth inning on Saturday, leading the Rays a to 3-2 victory over the Orioles.

Escobar reached on a throwing error by Ryan Flaherty to start the inning, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kevin Kiermaier and took third on a fly out by Kurt Casali. After an intentional walk, Nick Hundley was unable to handle a 1-0 offering from Andrew Miller, allowing Escobar to rush home with the game-winning run.
Sep 6 - 4:43 PM

Yunel Escobar went 2-for-3 on Friday.

Proof that even a lost kitten can find its way occasionally, Yunel Escobar collected a pair of singles on Friday. He even knocked in a run, his 32nd of the year. For the season, Escobar is hitting .248/.316/.310. You're better off to let some other, more compassionate fantasy owner use a roster space on this lost kitten.
Sep 6 - 1:49 AM

Rays manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Yunel Escobar won't be traded.

Escobar was reportedly claimed off revocable waivers by the Athletics over the weekend, but the Rays have evidently pulled him back. That would make him ineligible to be traded for the rest of the season. This was the expectation all along, but it's now official.
Aug 25 - 5:49 PM

Yunel Escobar is in Monday's lineup against the Orioles.

The Athletics have reportedly claimed Escobar off revocable waivers, but the Rays are considered unlikely to deal him. The 31-year-old is under contract through 2016 at reasonable terms and the Rays hold an affordable club option on him for 2017.
Aug 25 - 4:08 PM

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are unlikely to trade Yunel Escobar to the A's.

Oakland claimed Escobar off revocable waivers this weekend and would probably like to officially acquire the 31-year-old shortstop given that Jed Lowrie has a fractured index finger, but the Rays don't seem inclined to let him go. Escobar is under contract through 2016 with a club option for 2017 and the Rays don't have anybody ready to plug in right now at short. Nick Franklin, acquired in the David Price trade, is expected to finish out the season at Triple-A Durham. He has been playing primarily at second base there anyway.
Aug 25 - 9:27 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics have claimed Yunel Escobar on revocable waivers.

They have until Tuesday afternoon to work out a trade. With Jed Lowrie's (finger) status for the rest of the season up in the air and Lowrie also a free agent after the year, it's possible a deal could get done. The A's have also been connected to Escobar in the past. He's under contract for $5 million in 2015 and $7 million in 2016, with a $7 million club option for 2017.
Aug 24 - 2:49 PM

Yunel Escobar was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Cardinals for arguing balls and strikes.

Escobar took a called strike three in the fourth inning and took exception to the call. Home plate umpire Dan Bellino took exception to his exception and threw Escobar out of the game. It was the Rays' second ejection in two nights after manager Joe Maddon was tossed from Tuesday's game in what turned out to be a miscommunication of sorts.
Jul 23 - 8:32 PM

Yunel Escobar went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base in Sunday's win over the Blue Jays.

Escobar scored the first run of the game in the second inning, and he added an insurance run in the sixth. More noteworthy, the shortstop stole a base in the win, his first steal since August 9 of last season. Escobar is hitting .249/.328/.330 on the season and can continue to be ignored in fantasy realms.
Jul 13 - 4:52 PM

Rays activated SS Yunel Escobar from the 15-day disabled list.

Escobar missed the last couple weeks with right shoulder soreness. He returns to a disappointing .244/.322/.328 batting line with four homers and 22 RBI over 77 games.
Jul 11 - 3:26 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3Justin O'Conner
4Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
3Ryan Brett
4Eugenio Velez
SS1Yunel Escobar
2Nick Franklin
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Corey Brown
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Matt Moore
3Chris Archer
4Jake Odorizzi
5Drew Smyly
6Alex Colome
7Nate Karns
8Matt Andriese
9Grayson Garvin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Ernesto Frieri
3Brad Boxberger
4Grant Balfour
5Kevin Jepsen
6Jeff Beliveau
7Steve Geltz
8Jose Dominguez
9C.J. Riefenhauser