Nationals acquire Yunel Escobar from the Athletics


Update #2 (7:48 PM EST): Ladson reports that Clippard is indeed involved in the trade, as Heyman suggested.

Update (7:35 PM EST):’s William Ladson confirms the deal.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Nationals have acquired shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Athletics. It’s not yet known what the Athletics will receive in return. Just a few minutes prior, Heyman had suggested that a swap of Escobar and reliever Tyler Clippard would make sense for both clubs.

On Saturday, the Athletics acquired Escobar along with Ben Zobrist for John Jaso, cash, and minor leaguers Boog Powell and Daniel Robertson.

Escobar, 32, hit .258/.324/.340 with seven home runs and 39 RBI in 529 plate appearances for the Rays last season. He signed a two-year, $13 million contract extension with the Rays in April, which also included a $7 million club option for 2017 with a $1 million buyout.

Unless the Nationals trade shortstop Ian Desmond, Escobar slots in as the Nationals’ second baseman, forcing Danny Espinosa back to the bench. On the other side, the departure of Escobar opens up a full-time job for Marcus Semien at shortstop.

Carlos Martinez was hospitalized for respiratory problems over the weekend

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Last night Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez picked up his 20th save in his team’s win over the Nats. This past weekend was far less fun for him.

Martinez rejoined the team yesterday, two days after he was hospitalized to deal with respiratory issues that were ultimately determined to be allergies and asthma, which have given him issues over the past couple of years. Martinez said that he was having trouble breathing during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Busch Stadium and went to the hospital for tests. He stayed overnight and was released on Sunday.

Yesterday was back to business. He came into the game with two outs in the ninth and threw only two pitches. Strike one to Ryan Zimmerman before getting him to line out to center field and end the game. Sure beats the hospital.