Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:19:46 -0800
Washington Nationals 2B Yunel Escobar (back) will be examined by a team doctor Friday, March 6, because he is experiencing back stiffness. "He's been working hard, extra stuff and taking all his BP and everything. We'll see what the doc says today. He's been a little delayed the last couple of days, but we'll get back today and see where he's at," manager Matt Williams said Friday.
Fantasy Tip: Williams doesn't sound overly concerned about the injury and attributes it to the extra work Escobar has been putting in to improve his craft at second base. Escobar has deep mixed league appeal, because he should quickly gain second-base status, but he doesn't boast significant upside. At best, he is a late-round flier. Still, hitting in an improved lineup should help his counting stats. Continue to check back for updates on his progress through the spring.
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:21:30 -0800
Washington Nationals 2B Yunel Escobar was scratched due to "general soreness" Thursday, March 5. The soreness is related to the extra work he's been seeing at second base in camp.
Fantasy Tip: Having both shortstop and second base eligibility will be nice for Escobar's fantasy owners in 2015, but he's nothing more than a late-round flier in really deep mixed drafts. Escobar doesn't do anything particularly interesting in any fantasy baseball categories. He's more helpful in NL-only leagues because he should earn everyday playing time.
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:06:51 -0800
Washington Nationals 2B Yunel Escobar will be the team's everyday second baseman after playing shortstop for most of his career.
Fantasy Tip: Escobar doesn't do anything particular well that stands out for fantasy baseball purposes, making him an unlikely candidate to be drafted in a normal 12-team mixed league. However, the move to a stronger offensive lineup with the Nats could make him an attractive streaming option in daily games.
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:52:38 -0800
Washington Nationals SS Yunel Escobar could play shortstop this season if the team trades SS Ian Desmond or fails to sign him to a new contract. Desmond can become a free agent after this year. Escobar hit .258 with seven home runs and 39 RBI for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2014.
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:15:42 -0800
The Washington Nationals acquired SS Yunel Escobar from the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, Jan. 14, in exchange for RP Tyler Clippard.
Sat, 10 Jan 2015 12:33:10 -0800
Oakland Athletics 2B Eric Sogard could begin the 2015 season at Triple-A Nashville in order to receive regular playing time. He finished last year as the team's primary second baseman but could find himself on the bench as a reserve infielder or in the minors due to the acquisitions of 2B Ben Zobrist and SS Yunel Escobar.
Sat, 10 Jan 2015 12:29:52 -0800
The Oakland Athletics are expected to turn 2B Marcus Semien into a utility player capable of playing multiple positions, as a result of their recent acquisitions of 2B Ben Zobrist and SS Yunel Escobar.
Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:12:34 -0800
Updating a previous report, the Oakland Athletics have finalized a trade where they have acquired 2B Ben Zobrist and SS Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays, in exchange for C John Jaso, minor league SS Daniel R. Robertson and minor league OF Boog Powell.
Sat, 10 Jan 2015 10:39:47 -0800
The Oakland Athletics are on the verge of acquiring 2B Ben Zobrist and SS Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays, in exchange for C John Jaso, minor league SS Daniel R. Robertson and minor league OF Boog Powell, according to multiple sources.
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:28:00 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays SS Yunel Escobar is available on the trade market. If he's dealt, the team could use 2B/OF Ben Zobrist at short.