Nationals acquire Yunel Escobar from Oakland Athletics, send Tyler Clippard

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A summary of the Yunel Escobar-Tyler Clippard trade.

Piece of The Plate

Let’s hope nobody in Oakland bought an Escobar jersey.

The Washington Nationals have reportedly acquired SS Yunel Escobar from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RHP Tyler Clippard. The deal was first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. 

The Nationals have been searching for a second baseman the whole offseason, as in-house options like Danny Espinosa have looked lackluster and their solution from the 2014 season, Asdrubal Cabrera, had already departed. Escobar had recently been sent to Oakland from the Tampa Bay Rays in the deal for Ben Zobrist. Escobar has only played 21 career games at second-base, but the transition is relatively easy. The 32 year-old Cuban has been in the majors since 2007, starting his career with the Atlanta Braves, and then moving to the Toronto Blue Jays before signing a deal with the Rays.

Last season, Escobar hit .258/.324/.340 (92 OPS+) for the…

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