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Report: A's claim Rays SS Yunel Escobar off waivers, trade unlikely

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The Oakland Athletics claimed Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar off revocable waivers Sunday but a trade is unlikely, reports the Tampa Bay Times

The two sides have until 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday to complete a deal. The Rays can trade Escobar, release him or pull him back to the team.

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From the Times:

All teams routinely put players on revocable waivers this time of year, but it's rare for there to be a match between the posting and claiming teams. The Rays are believed to have several other players who have been claimed.

Escobar, who signed a two-year extension with a club option for 2017 earlier this season, is hitting .253 with four home runs and 31 RBI in 2014. The 31-year-old has also played for the Braves and Blue Jays​ in his eight-year career. 

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The A's placed shortstop Jed Lowrie on the disabled list on Aug. 15. 

- Molly Geary

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