Rays Acquire Shortstop Yunel Escobar From Marlins




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The Deal
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.
 
Marlins Acquire
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.

Club (League) Class AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Charlotte (FSL) HiA .282 98 372 49 105 21 9 10 58 25 78 4 .343 .468
Montgomery (SL) AA .271 34 133 22 36 7 1 4 17 7 36 0 .324 .429

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.
 
Rays Acquire
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.

Club (League) Year AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Toronto (AL) 2012 .253 145 558 58 141 22 1 9 51 35 70 5 .300 .344
3-Year Totals
.266 413 1568 195 417 65 4 24 134 152 197 14 .335 .358

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