Maddon says Escobar won't be traded
Rays manager Joe Maddon said SS Yunel Escobar will not be traded via a recent waiver claim.
Maddon said he could tell Escobar was bothered by the speculation after Sunday reports that he was claimed by the A's and wanted to calm his concerns so he could play with a clear mind.
"I told him that Andrew (Friedman, the team executive VP) and I spoke about it and I was able to tell him that we're very, very pleased with what he's doing, we can see him continuing to get better with us, to not be worried about anything happening over the next day,'' Maddon said. "That's what I got from Andrew.''