Thursday, February 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

A's claim Rays' Escobar on waivers; deal unlikely

A's claim Escobar, but trade not expected

TORONTO — Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar was claimed on waivers by the A's, but a deal by the Tuesday deadline seems unlikely.

All teams routinely put players on revocable waivers this time of year, but it's rare for there to be a match between the posting and claiming teams. The Rays are believed to have several other players who have been claimed.

Trading Escobar could create flexibility in the lineup and the budget. In April he signed a contract extension that guarantees him $5 million in 2015 and $7 million in 2016, with a $7 million option or $1 million buyout in 2017.

Interestingly, the A's on Sunday acquired catcher Geovany Soto. They could deal from depth, as they also have Derek Norris and former Rays John Jaso and Stephen Vogt.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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