Well, OK, it’s not quite as fun as having the double-whammy of seeing him and John Farrell both return as members of the Boston Red Sox– as we being rumored earlier– but… actually, it is kind of fun in a social experiment kind of way: Yunel Escobar appears set to become a member of the Tampa Bay Rays:
Rays close to deal for Yunel Escobar. Derek Dietrich goes to Marlins
— DKnobler (@DKnobler) December 5, 2012
I say “social experiment” because I’m certainly going to be very curious to see– or, more specifically, hear– the reaction from the Rogers Centre crowd on his return, especially so that we can contrast it with the muted response to Escobar’s return from suspension last year, back when he was paid to wear our clothes.
Had he been with Boston, a lot of the boos may have been tough to differentiate from the ones for Farrell. But I digress…
Dietrich, Knobler adds, that Dietrich was the Rays’ second-rounder in 2010. Baseball America, in their recent organizational rankings, placed him ninth among Rays prospects. DRays Bay passes along a paywall’d BA scouting note saying that “one of the better power hitters in the system, Dietrich could be a poor man’s Jeff Kent.”
That’s not a nothing prospect, certainly, but… Escobar can still be a pretty solid contributor– or better– at a fantastic cost. But oh well.
Awesomely, buried in a Bob Elliott piece at the Toronto Sun that I’m about to do a deeper post about, we find this:
Former Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar met with the Miami Marlins and agreed to a move to third base.
He left the meeting, drove home, and called the team and said he wanted to play shortstop.
Now, the Marlins are trying to move him to the Oakland Athletics.
The A’s were reportedly one of the small number of teams the decision was going to come down to, but it looks now like it’s going to be Tampa.
So… there’s that.