An Eduardo Escobar trade is inevitable before the deadline…
Eduardo Escobar, the All-Star second/third baseman of the Arizona Diamondbacks, is sure to be on the move within the next few days. The 32-year-old is a pending free agent and would provide infield depth for any team looking to contend in October.
Let’s see where Escobar could potentially be traded to at this upcoming MLB trade deadline.
Eduardo Escobar trade rumors
Escobar is a switch-hitting infielder who can play both second and third base. He’s a great player to bring in for a team either in need of an upgrade at either position, or just looking for a utility infielder.
This season for the Diamondbacks, Escobar is hitting .250 with 22 HRs and 65 RBIs. He’s having a sensational bounce back season after seeing his numbers drop in the shortened 2020 season.
As mentioned, he’s an impending free agent, so the asking price is cheaper with Escobar coming in as a rental. While Adam Frazier and Kris Bryant are two of the top targets for teams at the deadline for the infield, Escobar would be a great Plan B for any team that misses out on the bigger stars.
Escobar to the Chicago White Sox seemed like a sure thing back at the end of June. Bob Nightengale of USA Today basically outright said it was a done deal. Although, it wouldn’t be the first time Nightengale was wrong about a trade.
But it makes complete sense. The White Sox have a solid hold on the AL Central. With Nick Madrigal out for the year, the second base position has been a mix of Danny Mendick and Leury Garcia. Escobar would solidify that position if he’s brought in.
It would be an upgrade at the position for a team in the front seat to take the NL Central. They already shored up shortstop by acquiring Willy Adames. Bringing Escobar in would allow Urias to be the utility infielder for the Brewers and Escobar be the every day third baseman.
However, there’s no such thing as too much talent right? There’s an argument to be made Escobar could take over third base for J.D. Davis. After a hot start to the season, Davis has begun to come back down to Earth. Regardless, Escobar, at the very least, would be an exceptional utility man in New York, who are fighting to stay atop the NL East.
As this season has progressed, the Seattle Mariners continue to keep winning and staying in Wild Card contention. The drop off hasn’t happened, and as the trade deadline lies ahead, the Mariners very much could be buyers.
Moore seems like the easiest option to be the odd man out given his offensive struggles, but he’s a great defensive player. Seager hasn’t been great at the plate either. There are options for Escobar to have a starting role in Seattle if the Mariners want him.
This seems like a long shot given the Washington Nationals are trending towards sellers, as they are seven games back of the Mets in the division. But if the Nats turn it around in the days before the deadline, their strategy may change.
With Starlin Castro placed on administrative leave and unlikely to return to the team, that leaves a question mark at third base. Jordy Mercer is on the IL, leaving the duties mostly up to Alcides Escobar. There’s the opportunity for another Escobar to take over at the position, if the Nationals do go the buying route.