Another option for teams in need of SS: Yunel Escobar. #Rays will listen on anyone. Have alternatives at SS, including Zobrist.
MLB.com "Yunel Escobar had an MRI on his injured left knee Thursday and the news was good. He has a bruise, but no structural damage. The Rays shortstop flew home to the Tampa Bay area on Wednesday after injuring his left knee during the third inning of Tuesday's 6-2 win against the Red Sox at Fenway..." September 25
Tampa Bay Times "A left knee sprain on an awkward play to avoid a collision at home plate has likely ended SS Yunel Escobar's season. The Rays don't believe the injury is serious but will send Escobar for an MRI exam soon and seem likely to shut him down regardless. "You probably won't see him the rest of..." September 24
CBSSports.com "Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar's claim on revocable waivers by Oakland has raised some concern in the Escobar camp, which apparently prefers he stay in Tampa Bay where he felt he had finally found a home. "I am very concerned with Yunel having been selected on waivers by Oakland," Escobar's..." August 25
Escobar (tight left quad) and Myers not in lineup for #Rays. Myers said last night his right wrist was sore after colliding with Jennings.
Tampa Tribune "It didn’t take long once SS Yunel Escobar arrived in Tampa Bay before last season to realize he had found a home, and that’s why he told executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman that he would like to remain a Ray past the end of his contract. Escobar asked and he..." April 06
CBSSports.com "As expected, the Rays have picked up their 2014 club options for second baseman/outfielder Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar. They will earn $7 million and $5 million next season, respectively. Zobrist, 32, hit .275/.354/.402 (113 OPS+) with 12 home runs and 11 stolen bases while seeing..." November 02
Tampa Tribune "Rays manager Joe Maddon backtracked Tuesday on his comments concerning the gesture Yunel Escobar made while crossing home plate Monday after his ninth-inning home run against the Blue Jays and defended Escobar's action. Maddon said after Monday's game that he would talk to Escobar, adding, "I'm..." May 22
Tampa Bay Times "SS Yunel Escobar responded to constant booing in his return to Rogers Centre by hitting a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning that gave the Rays a late shot before they lost 7-5. But now Escobar, who played 21/2 seasons in Toronto, will have to answer to manager Joe Maddon because..." May 21
#Rays say x-rays on SS Escobar are negative. He is day to day with left hand contusion
#Rays lineup with neither Jennings nor Escobar
Tampa Tribune "We don't know if Yunel Escobar is a solution or a problem. We don't know if he has found a home or the Rays have lost their senses. Anyway, meet the new shortstop. Is Escobar, acquired by trade with Miami, the man to energize the Rays infield? Or is he that that other guy _ the fool who..." March 24
Tampa Bay Times "The first 10 days were spent on the run, hiding from Cuban authorities who might be on to his plans. Next were three harrowing days at sea, with three dozen others crammed into a boat, navigating amid storms and sharks. Then a couple days in a holding cell pending immigration processing before..." March 05
ESPN.com "Yunel Escobar knows some people will never forgive. And some people will never forget. And some people will never be willing to accept a guy who etched a homophobic slur into his eye black last September. There’s nothing he can do to change that. There’s nothing he can do to win them over...." February 18
Tampa Tribune "Before making the trade with the Miami Marlins in December for Yunel Escobar, Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman made two important phone calls. One was to Jose Molina, the other to Joel Peralta. Could they help Escobar find his way in the Rays..." February 18
Rays Colored Glasses "This offseason, the Toronto Blue Jays grabbed all the headlines with a pair of franchise-altering trades, the first of which netted them every major league player of any value that the Miami Marlins had not named Giancarlo Stanton. The additions of Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, and..." February 10