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.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”