Nats acquire Yunel Escobar from A’s for Tyler Clippard

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Washington Nationals have acquired shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Oakland Athletics.

Escobar had only been with the A’s since Saturday. He was acquired in a trade that sent catcher John Jaso and prospects Daniel Robertson and Boog Powell to the Tampa Bay Rays for Escobar and Ben Zobrist.

It was orginally assumed that Escobar would take the place of Marcus Semien as the A’s everyday shortstop. Semien, 24, was acquired by the A’s from the White Sox in the trade for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija.

It is now apparent that when A’s GM Billy Beane originally said that Semien would be the A’s everyday shortstop he either had a crystal ball or else a brillant plan. Let’s go with the latter.

Heyman has suggested that the Nationals will be sending reliever Tyler Clippard to the A’s in exchange for Escobar because the move makes sense for both clubs.

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  • Good thing I didn’t buy an Escobar jersey.

    • Jen Rainwater

      It should be with part of a new handbook I propose called “How to be an A’s fan” – Rule One: “the only jersey safe to actually buy is Catfish Hunter’s” – although I have Rollie Fingers so that’s a good safe bet to but you get the idea! LOL! I doubt there was a plan to make them anyway, Billy was planning to flip him from the beginning. Sure he’d have been an upgrade from last year but not a huge one, plus I heard that he’s kind of a punk so we don’t need that in our clubhouse full of new players needing to become a team (thankfully there’s Bo Mel to help with that) – it was just part of Billy’s brilliant plan. The man may not have won a WS yet but he’s kept the team in the postseason 8 out of the 15 seasons this century. That’s more than most teams ever dream of! #InBillyWeTrust! lol Thanks for the comment Steve! 😀

  • Daniel Walton

    I’m so glad he made this trade!

    • Jen Rainwater

      Hell yeah!! Me 2!!

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