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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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Rays signed SS Yunel Escobar to a two-year, $13 million contract extension with a club option for 2017.
Rays manager Joe Maddon made the announcement before Saturday night's game against the Rangers. Escobar batted just .256/.332/.366 in 153 games last season for Tampa Bay, but he's among the best defensive shortstops in the majors. He's also been remarkably durable. The deal starts in 2015. Apr 5 - 4:52 PM

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have had "serious extension talks" with Yunel Escobar.

Topkin says that the two sides are "not close to a deal at the moment," but it's "still very possible" it gets done. There's no word yet on the particulars of a potential extension. The Rays have a $5 million club option on Escobar for 2015 before he hits free agency after that season. He hit .256/.332/.366 with nine homers last season in his first year in Tampa.
Apr 4 - 12:02 AM

Yunel Escobar went 2-for-3 with a double on Tuesday to raise his spring average to .500.

Escobar is 7-for-14 with a couple of walks this spring. Of course, he's one of those players who happens to be much more valuable in real baseball than fantasy leagues. He's finished with averages in the .250s three of the last four years, and he's never been a big homer or steal guy. Last year, he finished with nine homers, four steals, 61 runs scored and 56 RBI in 153 games.
Mar 11 - 4:08 PM

Rays exercised SS Yunel Escobar's $5 million option for 2014.

Of the many decisions facing the Rays front office this offseason, this was one of the easiest. The slick-fielding 31-year-old shortstop hit .256/.332/.366 with nine homers and 56 RBI in his first season in Tampa Bay.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 12:07:00 PM

Yunel Escobar (ankle) returned to the Rays starting lineup on Saturday.

He was forced to leave Tuesday's game after sustaining an ankle injury. The Rays will certainly benefit from getting Escobar, who is lauded for his tremendous defense, back in the lineup.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 11:14:00 AM

Yunel Escobar (ankle) is out of the Rays' lineup again Friday against the Blue Jays.

Escobar left Tuesday's game with a sore ankle and isn't ready to return to the lineup. Ben Zobrist is filling in at shortstop again Friday.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 04:24:00 PM

Yunel Escobar (ankle) was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Yankees.

Escobar was on the original lineup card, but apparently his ankle isn't back to 100 percent yet. Ben Zobrist will start at shortstop Thursday while Sean Rodriguez plays second base.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 05:13:00 PM

Yunel Escobar (ankle) is back in the Rays' starting lineup Thursday night against the Yankees.

Escobar sat out Wednesday's game after tweaking his left ankle around the second base bag on Tuesday. He's hitting just .258/.333/.370 in 149 games this season.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 03:51:00 PM

Yunel Escobar (ankle) is not in the Rays' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Yankees.

Escobar tweaked his ankle on Tuesday and is still dealing with some soreness. He's considered day-to-day. Ben Zobrist will start at shortstop versus New York.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 04:41:00 PM

Yunel Escobar is day-to-day after being diagnosed with a sore left ankle.

Escobar was injured at the second base bag during a forceout in Tuesday's game. He should be fine to return in a day or two.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 09:10:00 PM

Yunel Escobar left Tuesday's game against the Yankees with an undisclosed injury.

Escobar had to reach for a throw and then jump over a sliding Yankees player in the bottom of the fourth and then was pinch-hit for in the top of the fifth. It's not clear at this point what his injury is, but more should be known soon.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 08:50:00 PM

Yunel Escobar went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI, helping to lead the Rays to a 3-0 victory over the Twins on Friday in Minnesota.

Escobar singled and came around to score in the third inning, then capped off the game’s scoring with an RBI double off Kevin Correia in the seventh. The 30-year-old shortstop is hitting .264/.333/.380 with nine homers, 54 RBI and three stolen bases on the year.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 11:13:00 PM

Yunel Escobar is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

It's just a routine day of rest. Ben Zobrist is getting a start at shortstop Sunday.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 02:38:00 PM

Yunel Escobar (hamstring) is back in Monday's lineup against the Red Sox.

Escobar hasn't played since July 14 due to a mild right hamstring strain, but he managed to avoid a trip to the disabled list. The 30-year-old is batting .251/.312/.367 with seven home runs and 39 RBI in 91 games this season.
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 04:38:00 PM

Rays manager Joe Maddon said Sunday that he expects Yunel Escobar (hamstring) to play in the upcoming series against the Red Sox.

Escobar went through a strenuous workout on Sunday and came out of it OK. Maddon isn't sure the shortstop will play on Monday, but he'll be back in there at some point in Boston.
Sun, Jul 21, 2013 12:32:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Ryan Hanigan
2Jose Molina
1B1James Loney
2Sean Rodriguez
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
SS1Yunel Escobar
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1David DeJesus
CF1Desmond Jennings
RF1Wil Myers
2Brandon Guyer
DH1Matt Joyce
Starting Pitcher
S1David Price
2Matt Moore
3Alex Cobb
4Chris Archer
5Jeremy Hellickson
6Jake Odorizzi
7Cesar Ramos
8Erik Bedard
Relief Pitcher
R1Grant Balfour
2Heath Bell
3Joel Peralta
4Jake McGee
5Brandon Gomes
6Josh Lueke
7Juan Carlos Oviedo
8Jeff Beliveau
9Brad Boxberger