Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar was claimed on revocable waivers by the Oakland A’s, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, a development that means the teams have until Tuesday at 1 p.m. to work out a trade.
It’s common for teams to place players on waivers in August, so it’s possible other prominent members of the Rays have either cleared waivers or were claimed by other teams and then pulled back by the Rays.
It will be interesting to see how this develops, because the Rays gave Escobar a contract extension in April that pays him $5 million in 2015 and $7 million in 2016 (with a $1 million buyout).
Escobar, a Gold Glove candidate this season, is having a subpar year by his 2013 standards.
Utility player Ben Zobrist could take over for Escobar at shortstop, where he played in 2012, the season before the Rays acquired Escobar. Or the team could call up Triple-A infielder Tim Beckham for an extended look at the top pick in the 2008 draft.