Yikes. Remember when we thought that maybe the driving factor in the Jays’ big off-season would be the market for Yunel Escobar– a tainted but talented shortstop with a nice contract, but coming off a down year.
With a dearth of available shortstops, we theorized, maybe the Jays would be able to turn Escobar– who had a ready-made replacement in Adeiny Hechavarria– into the starting pitching the club so desperately needed. Hey, and the A’s had a surplus of starters, and could have used a cost-controlled shortstop. Perfect, right?
Yeah… about that…
“The Marlins are trying hard to trade shortstop Yunel Escobar, with the A’s , Yankees and Raysthe most likely teams to get him,” writes Danny Knobler of CBS Sports. “Conversations with the A’s have centered on either Brad Peacock or Grant Green, while discussions with the Yankees and Rays have included younger minor-leaguers, according to sources.”
Sure, we always figured the deal would have had to expand to include prospects, but still… Brad Peacock???
Let’s just say we should all still be pretty thrilled that the Jays managed to get pitching help the way they did.
So… there’s that.