Could the Padres and Rays Make Another Trade?
The Rays have just signed SS/3B Asdrubal Cabrera, and as Ken Rosenthal reports “They are open to trading Zobrist and/or Yunel Escobar”. The Padres currently have super utility man Alexi Amarista slated to start at SS, but could use an upgrade.
Zobrist only has on year left under contract at $7.5MM. Last season he played in 146 making stops at all three OF spots, 2B, and SS. The 2-time All Star can still swing it at the age of 33 .272/.354/.395. As a switch hitter could provide some balance to the lineup as well as some top of the order presence.
Escobar’s contract is not as team friendly. He’s owed $12MM over the next two seasons with a $7MM team option in 2017 with a $1MM buyout. Not always known as the most clubhouse friendly guy, Escobar provides a solid glove, while hitting .258/.324/.340