Update #2 (7:48 PM EST): Ladson reports that Clippard is indeed involved in the trade, as Heyman suggested.
Update (7:35 PM EST): MLB.com’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.
Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”
Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.
Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.
In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.
A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.