Report: A's claim Yunel Escobar from Rays on revocable waivers

Yunel Escobar could be on the move, but he could also stay put.
Yunel Escobar could be on the move, but he could also stay put. (USATSI)

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar has been claimed on revocable waivers by the Oakland Athletics, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Rosenthal further notes that the deadline to work out a possible trade is 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Revocable waivers are how teams can still make trades during August. A player can be placed on them at any time. Opposing teams all have a chance to place a claim, going in the order of worst-to-best record in the player's league and then worst-to-best in the opposing league.

Once a player is claimed, his current team has 48 hours to work out a trade, let him go without getting anything back -- aside from salary relief -- or pull him back.

Escobar, 31, entered Sunday hitting .250/.315/.316 with four homers and 31 RBI. He has a two-year, $13 million deal with a club option for 2017 that begins next season.

With Jed Lowrie and Nick Punto injured, the A's could use the middle infield depth behind Eric Sogard, Alberto Callaspo and Andy Parrino.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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