The Rays placed Escobar on revocable waivers, meaning Tampa Bay can either reclaim Escobar or work out a trade with the Athletics that sends Escobar to Oakland. If Tampa Bay chooses the second option, Rosenthal reports, it must complete the deal by 1:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Escobar is hitting .249 over 111 games this season with four home runs and 31 runs batted in, and battled right shoulder problems in June and July. The 32-year-old shortstop is owed $13 million across 2015 and 2016.
Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie is on the 15-day disabled list with a hairline fracture in his right finger, and the team recently traded away super-prospect shortstop Addison Russell in a deal that landed them Cubs' pitcher Jeff Samardzija.
- Will Green