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Diamondbacks sign Eduardo Escobar to three-year contract

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The Diamondbacks announced that the club has signed infielder Eduardo Escobar to a three-year contract. Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic hears the total value of the contract is $21 million.

Escobar, 29, hit a combined .272/.334/.489 with 23 home runs and 84 RBI in 631 plate appearances between the Twins and D-Backs this past season. The Twins traded him ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline in late July, receiving a trio of minor leaguers.

Escobar was headed into free agency after his most productive season to date, but he might have been concerned with the lack of action last offseason, striking while the iron is hot. Escobar likely would have had to wait for Manny Machado  and Josh Donaldson to come off the board before finding a new home.

Jake Lamb suffered a rotator cuff injury in July, prompting the D-Backs to acquire Escobar. Lamb underwent surgery in August but expect him to be ready for spring training. Escobar has experience playing second base and shortstop as well as the outfield so he doesn’t necessarily need to have a set position.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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