Rays Extend Yunel Escobar | The Process Report

Rays Extend Yunel Escobar

The Rays and shortstop Yunel Escobar have agreed on a two-year extension worth $13 million. The deal includes a club option for the 2017 ($7 million) and replaces the $5 million club option the team held for 2015 season. Escobar was acquired in December 2012 from the Marlins in exchange for Derek Dietrich. A few weeks prior, The Process Report indentified him as a player of interest.

Escobar, 31, is .278/.350/.386 career hitter and is among the better defenders at his position. In his first season with Tampa Bay, he hit .256/.332/.366 and was a Gold Glove finalist. Despite past transgressions, Escobar has flourished on and off the field with the Rays drawing praise from teammates, coaches and front office personnel.

“Yunel has been a tremendous addition to our infield and was a critical part of our success last year,” said Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. “He brings enthusiasm and energy to our group on a daily basis to go along with his abilities on the field. We are excited to have the opportunity to extend his time in our uniform.” Friedman also said Escobar approached him in the clubhouse during spring training and expressed his desire to remain with the team which led to negotiations.

Escobar’s extension means the Rays have 20 of the 25 members on the current roster under control through the 2016 season. The move also gives the organization additional time to develop prospects Hak-Ju Lee and Tim Beckham; both currently out with injury.