|Jan. 15 2:36 PM PT3:36 PM MT4:36 PM CT5:36 PM ET17:36 ET22:36 GMT6:36 3:36 PM MST5:36 PM EST6:06 PM VEN2:36 UAE (+1)4:36 PM CT-Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo plans to head into next season with newly acquired Yunel Escobar at second base and possible free-agent-to-be Ian Desmond at shortstop.
Analysis: Escobar, who hit only .258 for Tampa Bay last season, has been a shortstop most of his career. He started 20 games at second base for Atlanta in 2007.
|Jan. 14 6:20 PM PT7:20 PM MT8:20 PM CT9:20 PM ET21:20 ET2:20 GMT10:20 7:20 PM MST9:20 PM EST9:50 PM VEN6:20 UAE (+1)8:20 PM CT-The Nationals have acquired infielder Yunel Escobar from the Athletics for All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard. The teams announced the deal Wednesday.
Analysis: The A's picked up Escobar from Tampa Bay, along with Ben Zobrist, in a trade Saturday that sent catcher John Jaso and two minor leaguers to the Rays. Escobar hit .258 with seven homers and 39 RBIs for Tampa Bay last season. He has played eight years in the majors, including with Atlanta and Toronto, mostly at shortstop.
|Jan. 10 11:55 AM PT12:55 PM MT1:55 PM CT2:55 PM ET14:55 ET19:55 GMT3:55 12:55 PM MST2:55 PM EST3:25 PM VEN23:55 UAE1:55 PM CT-The busy Oakland Athletics have acquired infielders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher John Jaso and two minor leaguers.
Analysis: Escobar batted .258. The 32-year-old shortstop had seven homers and 39 RBIs.
|Sep. 12 2:57 PM PT3:57 PM MT4:57 PM CT5:57 PM ET17:57 ET21:57 GMT5:57 2:57 PM MST4:57 PM EST5:27 PM VEN1:57 UAE (+1)4:57 PM CT-Escobar hit two home runs in Thursday's loss to the New York Yankees.
Analysis: Escobar is 8 for 17 with six RBIs over his last five games.
|July 27 11:23 AM PT12:23 PM MT1:23 PM CT2:23 PM ET14:23 ET18:23 GMT2:23 11:23 AM MST1:23 PM EST1:53 PM VEN22:23 UAE1:23 PM CT-Escobar was 2 for 4 on Saturday.
Analysis: Escobar is 12 for 37 in his last 10 games.
|July 1 3:04 PM PT4:04 PM MT5:04 PM CT6:04 PM ET18:04 ET22:04 GMT6:04 3:04 PM MST5:04 PM EST5:34 PM VEN2:04 UAE (+1)5:04 PM CT-The Tampa Bay Rays have activated Escobar from the disabled list and placed reliever Jake McGee on the paternity list.
Analysis: Escobar missed 15 games due to right shoulder soreness.
|May 17 12:37 PM PT1:37 PM MT2:37 PM CT3:37 PM ET15:37 ET19:37 GMT3:37 12:37 PM MST2:37 PM EST3:07 PM VEN23:37 UAE2:37 PM CT-Escobar had three hits - including his third home run - in Friday's 3-0 road win over the Los Angeles Angels.
Analysis: Escobar had gone 7 for 30 (.233) with one extra-base hit and three RBIs over his previous 10 games.
|May 3 1:42 PM PT2:42 PM MT3:42 PM CT4:42 PM ET16:42 ET20:42 GMT4:42 1:42 PM MST3:42 PM EST4:12 PM VEN0:42 UAE (+1)3:42 PM CT-Escobar had three hits Friday.
Analysis: Escobar faces a major challenge Saturday against Yanks stud Masahiro Tanaka.
|Apr. 27 12:14 PM PT1:14 PM MT2:14 PM CT3:14 PM ET15:14 ET19:14 GMT3:14 12:14 PM MST2:14 PM EST2:44 PM VEN23:14 UAE2:14 PM CT-Escobar was 2 for 4 on Saturday.
Analysis: Escobar has a .604 OPS so he is not a fantasy option.
|Apr. 5 3:00 PM PT4:00 PM MT5:00 PM CT6:00 PM ET18:00 ET22:00 GMT6:00 3:00 PM MST5:00 PM EST5:30 PM VEN2:00 UAE (+1)5:00 PM CT-Escobar and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a two-year contract extension covering 2015 and 2016 worth a guaranteed $13 million. The deal announced Saturday also includes a club option for 2017. The extension replaces a 2015 club option.
Analysis: The 31-year Escobar played in a career-high 153 games and made 149 starts last season for the Rays. After establishing club records with a .989 fielding percentage and 53 consecutive errorless games at shortstop, he was a finalist for the American League Gold Glove Award.