A change of heart prompted the Marlins to reverse their thinking about retaining Yunel Escobar.
So on Tuesday night, after more than two days of serious discussions, the Marlins traded the 30-year-old shortstop to the Rays for Minor League infielder Derek Dietrich.
“We met with Yunel about 10 days ago,” Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said here at the Winter Meetings. “He said he was comfortable playing third base. Recently, he came back to us saying he was not comfortable playing third base. So we were not comfortable moving forward with him as our third baseman, which kind of helped move along this trade.”
Escobar is under contract to make $5 million in 2013, and his deal includes club options for ‘14 and ‘15 at $5 million per season. Beinfest added the Marlins will put the $5 million toward a third baseman.
“Our intentions are to reinvest his salary into the team,” Beinfest said. “We’re going to go shopping for a third baseman, either free agency or via trade. That’s obviously a hole we now have on the club.”
Posted: December 05, 2012 at 06:41 AM | 54 comment(s)
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