We’re lacking specifics on this one, but a tweet from Danny Knobler of CBS Sports caught my eyeblack late last night:
The A’s once again thought long and hard about Escobar (as they did in July), and once again decided against getting him.
— DKnobler (@DKnobler) December 5, 2012
So… right about the time the Jays were looking to move everyone with a pulse for a reliever? Or were they perhaps looking for starters still at that point?
It’s impossible to say, with such a small nugget of information, but there were always a few ways that the Jays could have lined up with Oakland. I certainly can’t complain, given what’s transpired since, that it didn’t come to fruition– especially after the Rays shrewdly picked up Escobar from the Marlins yesterday for a Double-A middle-infielder who was blocked in their organization by, like, three different guys. Any offence the Rays can pick up is a very good thing for them, and it’s not a terrible bet to think a rebound could be in the cards for Yunel.
So… there’s that.