MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports pitcher Trevor Gott will go to the Nationals in exchange for Escobar. The Angels have needs at second and third base, with David Freese a free agent. Johnny Giavotella started the majority of the team’s games at second last season.
Jon Morosi of Fox Sports first reported a possible deal between the two teams.
Escobar, 33, hit .314 with nine home runs and 56 RBIs in 139 games in 2015, his lone season in Washington. A nine-year MLB veteran, Escobar has batted .281 for his career with the Braves, Blue Jays, Rays and Nationals.
Gott, 23, made his MLB debut last season with a 3.02 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 47 2/3 innings in relief for the Angels.
- Jeremy Woo