Winter Meetings 2012: Miami Marlins Looking To Flip Yunel Escobar

By Ryan Gaydos
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to the MLB Winter Meetings, the Miami Marlins were able to acquire Yunel Escobar among other prospects from the Toronto Blue Jays for a lot of the Marlins’ star players that the team signed around this time last year. With most fans unhappy with the trade the Marlins are not finished wheeling and dealing as the franchise is in talks with two teams about Escobar.

The Marlins are looking to flip the young shortstop that was slated to bat behind outfielder Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup. The team could possibly get affordable position players to round out the team. Miami does want a center fielder as an upgrade over Justin Ruggiano. The two teams interested in Escobar have not been named, but it will be interesting to see who emerges.

Escobar’s 2012 season was marred by the controversy that surrounded him at the end of the season when he wrote a homophobic slur in Spanish on his eye black. Escobar was suspended after that ordeal and it show his poor character, which led to his departure

He batted a career low .253/.300/.344 in 145 games for the Blue Jays. Escobar drove in 51 runs and hit 22 doubles in an offseason. Escobar has proven to be a good base runner and a person that could get on base to manufacture runs for a team. However, the problem with him is his character and it could turn into an issue for whichever team winds up with him.

A trade for Escobar will also have to appease Stanton as he is still not too happy with the ownership leading this team after a unloading of stars after one season. Maybe owner Jeffrey Loria has an ace up his sleeve that no one knows about. We are about to find out.

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