Escobar will remain in Arizona for three more seasons after signing an extension Monday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports. The deal is reported to be for three years and $21 million. The 29-year-old utility man broke out in 2018, moving into an everyday role and hitting .272/.334/.489 with a career-high 23 homers. His hard contact rate jumped up to 38.2 percent after sitting at 31.4 percent in 2017, so there's reason to believe he'll be able to sustain that level of production going forward, giving fantasy owners a cheap but adequate option at shortstop and third base.
Escobar is not in the lineup Sunday against the Padres. Escobar is currently riding a 10-game hit streak, but he'll head to the bench for a day off Sunday. Unless he logs a pinch-hit appearance, the infielder will finish the season with an .824 OPS, the best mark of his career. Chris Owings will man the hot corner to replace him.
Escobar came off the bench to deliver a walkoff solo home run in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Dodgers. Escobar entered the contest in the bottom of the seventh inning as a pinch hitter for John Ryan Murphy, drawing a walk in the plate appearance before getting stranded at third base. He stayed in the game to spell Chris Owings at the hot corner and came through with the game-winning hit off Kenta Maeda after the Dodgers had tied things up in the top of the ninth. The 29-year-old is closing the season on a positive note with hits in each of his last seven games, but he's not a safe bet to play in all of the Diamondbacks' remaining four contests with the team in evaluation mode following its elimination from postseason contention a few days ago.
Escobar is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers. Escobar is in the midst of a six-game hit streak, slashing .333/.364/.429 over that stretch, but he'll head to the bench as manager Torey Lovullo rests some of his starters with the Diamondbacks out of playoff contention. In his place, Chris Owings will man third base and hit seventh.
Escobar went 2-for-4 and was thrown out on a steal attempt Sunday in the Diamondbacks' 2-0 loss to the Rockies. The Diamondbacks have scored two or fewer runs in each of the last five games Escobar has played, which helps explain why he's gone without an RBI over that span despite recording a hit in all of those contests. Though Escobar will start at third base and bat second in Monday's series opener for the Dodgers, his fantasy prospects don't look all that promising over the final week of the season. Escobar has managed a lowly .230/.289/.392 batting line in September and should be in store for at least a day off or two over the Diamondbacks' final five games with the club now officially eliminated from postseason contention.