Washington Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar (5) heads to the dugout during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Alan Diaz
December 10, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have acquired infielder Yunel Escobar from the Washington Nationals for right-handed pitchers Trevor Gott and Michael Brady.

The Angels also will receive $1.5 million as part of the deal announced Thursday.

Escobar fills the hole left by David Freese's departure for free agency. Escobar played third base last season and batted .314 with nine homers and 56 RBIs in 139 games. He is due $7 million in 2016 and has a $7 million team option for 2017 with a $1 million buyout. Los Angeles will be his sixth team in seven years.

To cover part of the salary, the Nationals will pay the Angels $750,000 on March 31 and July 31 next year.

As a rookie this year, Gott went 4-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 48 games. The 23-year-old has a knack for inducing groundballs and has allowed just two homers in 47 2/3 big league innings.

Brady, 28, made 19 starts and 32 appearances with Double-A Arkansas this year. He went 7-7 with a 3.77 ERA.

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