You've heard that the clothes make the man? Well, maybe the position makes the hitter. Yunel Escobar moved from shortstop to third base last year and ended up having maybe the second-best season of his career. Which isn't to say he hit like a third baseman. In fact, for a player who batted .314, his total number of extra-base hits, not to mention home runs, left much to be desired, which means his value hinges on his ability to sustain that high batting average. Even with his low strikeout rate -- which wasn't anything new for him, by the way -- that seems unlikely for the 33-year-old. If you get in a pinch at third base during the season, he won't kill you, particularly in points leagues where his low strikeout rate has a direct benefit, but he's not a player you target on Draft Day.
The Angels have acquired Escobar via a trade with the Nationals on Thursday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Escobar is coming off a bit of a renaissance in Washington in 2015, when he hit .314/.375/.415 after languishing as an average hitter in his previous three seasons. He'll bring versatility to the Angels infield given his ability to play second or third base. The clubs have yet to confirm the deal, but Mike DiGionvanna of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Angels will send right-handed reliever Trevor Gott to the Nationals in return for Escobar.
Nationals shortstop Yunel Escobar (back) is in Saturday's lineup hitting second against the Mets. He will play in the first half of Saturday's doubleheader and will presumably be healthy enough to be available in the Nationals' other remaining games this season.
Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar had a four-hit game in Sunday's 13-3 win over the Marlins, with three runs and four RBI. Escobar and Bryce Harper reached base a combined nine times out of the second and third spots in the lineup, serving as the engine of Washington's scoring explosion. This was Escobar's 47th multi-hit game of the season, raising his batting average to .324.
Nationals shortstop Yunel Escobar (hamstring) is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Marlins, but manager Matt Williams will be cautious with him, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports. Escobar will start at third base as he usually does, but it appears Williams could pull him if he notices any issues, and he may simply decide to remove him from the game early at some point. Either way, don't necessarily expect Escobar to play a full nine innings Thursday even though he will be on the field for the first pitch.
Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar was removed from Wednesday's game with a tight hamstring, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Escobar was removed for a pinch-runner after singling in the eighth inning. Manager Matt Williams did not seem concerned about Escobar's status, but it remains to be seen if he will be in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Marlins.