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.
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.
- Molly Geary