Originally posted on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 12/4/12
The Major League Baseball winter meetings have kicked off this week with lots of rumors and speculation circling around the Tampa Bay Rays. National writers have mentioned some possible deals that the Rays may soon find themselves involved in and they’re hard to ignore. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported Monday evening the Rays are in pursuit of shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Miami Marlins to be their everyday shortstop. The 30-year old Escobar has a .282 career batting average with on on-base percentage of .353. The Rays have needed a consistent infielder for quite some time. Minor leaguer Tim Beckham was to be the young shortstop of the future but has been unable to live up to expectations since being drafted in 2008. A move like acquiring Escobar would sure up the shortstop position with a veteran infielder that still displays good range covering grounders. In some even bigger news, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting Tuesday the Rays may very well part with one of their s...
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