According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Washington Nationals have acquired shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Oakland Athletics.
Yunel has indeed been traded to nats.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 15, 2015
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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