Athletics claim SS Yunel Escobar on waivers

Sunday August 24th, 2014

The Oakland Athletics Sunday claimed Rays' shortstop Yunel Escobar on waivers according to Fox Sports' baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal. ​ 

 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

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