Mailbag: Will Yunel Escobar be available as a possible SS?

Mail IconMichael C from Long Island

What about Yunel Escobar? There is talk that the Rays might cut him to save money. Do you think he could be an option to replace Ruben Tejada? Or, if the Mets trade Daniel Murphy for power, maybe Escobar could play shortstop and Tejada could shift back to second base?

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

You’re right, the Rays could end up declining Escobar‘s option and make him a free agent, depending on what they decide to do with David Price and others this winter, according to people close to the team.

Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game TwoEscobar, 30, has a $5 million option for 2014 and 2015. The Rays could also exercise his option and trade him.

He hit .256 with a .332 OBP, including nine home runs and 56 RBI. He hit 27 doubles. He’s an aggressive hitter with poor judgement, so he doesn’t really fit with the type of offense Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins are trying to build. At the same time, he is still very strong in the field and beggars can’t be choosers. So, all options should be on the table.

By the way, I haven’t heard a whole lot about moving Tejada back to second base, in the event Murphy gets traded.

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