The Mets and Giants have shown interest in Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar, per Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times. Escobar is likely to be a free agent after the season, which means it’s likely the last-place Angels will move him by the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline.
Escobar, however, suffered a knee injury on Thursday and hasn’t played since. An MRI showed a bone bruise, Moura notes. The Angels held him out of Sunday’s lineup but haven’t made a decision yet about potentially putting him on the disabled list.
Escobar, 33, is hitting a productive .310/.359/.409 with 18 doubles and 20 RBI in 301 plate appearances.
The Mets recently acquired Kelly Johnson and just signed Jose Reyes, but Escobar would be a better upgrade to replace the injured David Wright at third base. Similarly, Giants third baseman Matt Duffy is injured, though he is expected to return around mid-July.