Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/17/14
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The Tampa Bay Rays filled a consistent hole at shortstop, picking up Yunel Escobar from the Miami Marlins in exchange for infield prospect Derek Dietrich. Escobar's tenure in Miami was brief, as the Marlins immediately began trying to unload him once they acquired him from the Blue Jays last month in the megadeal that sent Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes (among others) north of the border. The 30-year old Escobar had the worst season of his career in 2012 with Toronto, and his year was tainted by the eyeblack controvery at the end of the season that surrounded Escobar in a cloud of controversy. For the season, Escobar posted a .644 OPS with his usual excellent defense at short. If Escobar is able to keep his head out of any controversial situations (like what happened with Escobar writing an anti-gay message on his eyeblack), he could be a very solid acquisition for the Rays at shortstop, a position where Elliot Johnson, Sean Rodriguez, and Ben Zobrist got most of the play...
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