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Yunel Escobar | Shortstop

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/2/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Yunel Escobar (shoulder) is on track to the activated from the disabled list on Friday.

That's the first day he's eligible. Escobar went 1-for-4 with a single and a run for High-A Charlotte on Tuesday in his second rehab game. He played all nine innings at shortstop and didn't have any issues, so the Rays getting him back on Friday shouldn't be a problem.
Jul 9 - 9:40 AM

Yunel Escobar (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Rays on Monday.

He's scheduled to play shortstop there on Monday, DH on Tuesday and play shortstop at Class-A Charlotte on Wednesday. It looks as though he's on track to need just the minimum amount of time on the disabled list.
Jul 5 - 3:20 PM

Rays placed SS Yunel Escobar on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 25, with right shoulder soreness.

The Rays played short-handed for a few days, but they were finally forced to make a move after Escobar didn't appear ready to return during a pre-game workout Monday. Ben Zobrist should continue to see starts at shortstop, which means increased playing time for Logan Forsythe.
Jul 1 - 8:27 AM

Yunel Escobar (shoulder) was held out of the lineup again on Monday.

Escobar threw before Monday's game, but it was determined that he wasn't ready yet. Rays manager Joe Maddon noted that how the shortstop felt would determine whether Escobar would land on the disabled list, so he could have an update after Monday's contest.
Jun 30 - 9:01 PM

Depth Charts

C1Ryan Hanigan
2Jose Molina
1B1James Loney
2Sean Rodriguez
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
3Nick Franklin
SS1Yunel Escobar
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1David DeJesus
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Wil Myers
2Brandon Guyer
3Jerry Sands
DH1Matt Joyce
Starting Pitcher
S1Alex Cobb
2Chris Archer
3Jake Odorizzi
4Jeremy Hellickson
5Nate Karns
6Drew Smyly
7Alex Colome
8Matt Moore
Relief Pitcher
R1Jake McGee
2Grant Balfour
3Joel Peralta
4Brad Boxberger
5Cesar Ramos
6Kirby Yates
7Jeff Beliveau
8Steve Geltz
9C.J. Riefenhauser