Tuesday, October 23, 2018

MLB news: D-backs re-sign Escobar



      
   The Arizona Diamondbacks have re-signed INF Eduardo Escobar to a three year deal worth $21 million.

          Escobar was acquired from the Minnesota Twins on July 27th for minor leaguers Jhoan Duran, Ernie De La Trinidad and Gabriel Maciel, while in the middle of a career season, in which his versatility really showed. Escobar ended the season with a career high 23 home runs, RBIs (84) and his best batting average since 2014. Best to do that in a walk year, right? Well, star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and exceptional fielder Nick Ahmed are likely going to be put on the trade block. If they trade Ahmed, the more reasonable one of the two to be dealt, Escobar would either play second, or shortstop Ketel Marte would move to second, and Escobar would play there. If Goldschmidt, a free agent after next year, would be traded, then Escobar would play third, and Jake Lamb would move to first. In the end, a lot of versatility is displayed by Escobar.

          Escobar, 29, hit .272 with 23 homers and 84 RBIs in 631 Plate Appearances for the Diamondbacks and Twins in 2018. In his MLB career for the Diamondbacks, Twins and Chicago White Sox, Escobar has a batting average of .257 with 71 homers and 308 RBIs in 2750 Plate Appearances.

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