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Yunel Escobar | Shortstop

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 11/2/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Yunel Escobar (fever) missed on-field workouts Monday morning but will be back out on the field Tuesday.
The Nationals don't start exhibition play until Thursday against the Mets, so Escobar should be firing on all cylinders then. Escobar, 32, is shifting from shortstop to second base this season. The veteran has limited fantasy value, having consistently hit in the mid-.250's with fewer than 10 home runs in each of the last three seasons. Mar 3 - 9:16 AM

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Yunel Escobar told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports on Wednesday that he is determined to become "one of the best second basemen in the National League."

Escobar had some initial misgivings about moving away from shortstop, but he met with manager Matt Williams and general manager Mike Rizzo to discuss the issue on the first day he reported to Nats camp in Florida. "After what they expressed to me and what their vision is, I feel more comfortable," Escobar said through Alex Esteban, his agent who acted as interpreter. "I am going to play second base with an open mind."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 26 - 8:08 AM

Nationals acquired SS Yunel Escobar from the Nationals for RHP Tyler Clippard.

Escobar, 32, batted .258/.324/.340 this past season with the Rays. Early indications are that he'll be the everyday second baseman for the Nats. He'll also give the team flexibility if they choose to deal Ian Desmond at some point this winter.
Jan 14 - 8:40 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports the A's have traded Yunel Escobar to the Nationals.

It's the second time Escobar has changed teams in the past week, as he was dealt from the Rays to the Athletics over the weekend. Details on who the A's may be receiving in return weren't immediately available.
Jan 14 - 7:17 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports hears the Nationals have interest in Yunel Escobar.

The A's acquired Escobar over the weekend, but the club has enough middle infield types that they could afford to move the 32-year-old in the right deal. Heyman thinks an Escobar-for-Tyler Clippard deal makes sense. Acquiring Escobar could free up the club to deal Ian Desmond, or he could slot in at second base.
Jan 14 - 7:14 PM

Athletics acquired INF Yunel Escobar and INF/OF Ben Zobrist from the Rays for INF Daniel Robertson, C John Jaso and OF Boog Powell.

Escobar immediately slides in as the Athletics starting shortstop, pushing the newly-acquired Marcus Semien to a utility infielder role. The 32-year-old slashed .258/.324/.340 with seven homers and 39 RBI in 137 contests with the Rays in 2014. Better known for his defensive prowess, he remains a middling fantasy option at best.
Jan 10 - 1:47 PM

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.
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 06:05:00 PM

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.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 05:48:00 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.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 10:57:00 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.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 08:23:00 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.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 10:36:00 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.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 12:21:00 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.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 04:43:00 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.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 01:49:00 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.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 05:49:00 PM

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