|The Rays secured an everyday shortstop in a trade with their in-state rivals, acquiring Yunel Escobar from the Marlins. Tampa Bay surrendered middle infielder Derek Dietrich, a 2010 second-rounder, to Miami. Escobar joins his fourth organization in three years. The Marlins reportedly decided to trade Escobar after he informed them that he wasn’t comfortable playing third base, a position switch brought about because the Marlins acquired shortstop Adieny Hechavarria in the same trade that brought Escobar to Miami.|
|Derek Dietrich, ss/2b
Age: 22Born: Jul 18, 1989 in Parma, Ohio.
Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 200.
Bats: L. Throws: R.
School: Georgia Tech.
Career Transactions: Selected by Rays in second round of 2010 draft; signed June 17, 2010.
A lot of scouts question where Dietrich will end up defensively, but even those skeptical about his defensive chops are impressed with the bat. He profiles best as an offensive second baseman, where his good hands will be useful and his lack of range will be less of an issue. Dietrich also has enough power to handle a move to third base.
|Yunel Escobar, ss
Age: 29. Remaining Commitment: 1 year, $5 million (plus club options for $5 million in both 2014 and 2015).
Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.