The Boston Red Sox officially hired John Farrell away from the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays are going through a bit of a remodeling state and it looks like they are not finished yet. Shorstop Yunel Escobar could be on his way out of the Toronto next.
Escobar had a tough 2012 season. He lowered his averages to .253/.300/.344 with 22 doubles and 51 RBI. Escobar is also known now as having a bad reputation after writing a homophobic slur in Spanish during the last few weeks of the season that resulted into a suspension. Escobar still has a season left on his contract as well as team options for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
The Oakland Athletics have been named as a team that could be targeting Escobar. The team acquired Chris Young from the Arizona Diamondbacks in-exchange for Cliff Pennington giving the Athletics more outfield depth which could give them some leverage with a team that needs help in the outfield. The Blue Jays do not necessarily need outfield help, but with the young prospects on the team, an established veteran would not hurt the team.
The Blue Jays also acquired Mike Aviles from the Red Sox as part of the compensation package for Farrell. The Blue Jays not have depth in the infield.
Escobar is a high-risk, high-reward type player. He is able to give a lot production as we saw in his early years with the Blue Jays. However, the franchise’s patience with his attitude is running thin and Escobar’s time with the organization is winding down.
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