NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- How will the Yunel Escobar era be remembered in Miami? Probably not at all.
The talented but controversial shortstop was traded from the Marlins to the Tampa Bay Rays late Tuesday night in exchange for infield prospect Derek Dietrich. The trade comes just weeks after he was shipped from Toronto in the mega 12-player deal made with Miami.
The Rays were in need of a shortstop and the Marlins had been trying to trade Escobar, who figured to be the odd man out with prospect Adeiny Hechavarria -- also acquired in the deal with Toronto -- projected to be Miamis starting shortstop.
"It's a calculated risk on a good player that we feel like can help us and fit in really well in our environment," Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman told reporters early Wednesday. "We feel like he really helps solidify our infield defense, which should be a real strength next year."
Escobar hit .253 with nine home runs and 51 RBI for the Blue Jays in 2012. But that do...