July 2: Whereas a deal sending Escobar to the ChiSox was within the works not too long ago, Heyman tweets that a number of different golf equipment jumped into the combination this week and commenced exhibiting curiosity, which has slowed the method. An eventual Escobar commerce nonetheless feels inevitable, given his standing as a pending free agent on MLB’s worst membership.
June 28: The White Sox and Diamondbacks have been discussing a possible Eduardo Escobar deal for the previous week, and it appears as if talks may very well be accelerating. USA At present’s Bob Nightengale, who initially reported the talks between the 2 sides, suggests in his latest notes column that the D-backs are “on the verge” of beginning a sell-off that may start with an Escobar commerce. MLB Community’s Jon Heyman tweets this morning that the 2 sides have made “progress” in a commerce that may ship Escobar from the D-backs to the ChiSox — the group that initially signed Escobar out of Venezuela again in 2006.
Escobar is a smart goal for a Sox membership that has misplaced Nick Madrigal for the season and now faces a notable gap at second base. The 32-year-old Escobar has spent extra time at third base in recent times however has logged 227 innings at second base in 2021 and carries 849 profession innings on the place. He’s additionally emerged as a dependable supply of energy and, over the previous six weeks, been on a tear on the plate.
The switch-hitting Escobar fell into a substantial stoop in early Might, together with his OPS bottoming out at .655 on Might 14. In 152 plate appearances since that point, he’s mashed at a .306/.342/.563 clip with 10 homers, 5 doubles and a triple. That sizzling streak has boosted his season batting line to a good .253/.298/.481 and bumped his 2021 dwelling run complete as much as 17. Escobar’s stroll charge is down to six.1 % — a drop of some observe from its 8.2 % peak in 2018 — and he’s placing out at a career-high 22 % clip. That’s nonetheless under the league common in at the moment’s model of strikeout-centric baseball, nonetheless.
Escobar is incomes $7.5MM in 2021 — the ultimate season of a three-year, $21MM contract extension he signed with Arizona in lieu of his first journey to the free agent market again in 2018. There’s nonetheless about $3.9MM but to be paid out on that wage between now and season’s finish. Whereas rental gamers aren’t at all times best for contending golf equipment, it’s a slightly smart route for the Sox to take with regard to their infield wants. Yoan Moncada is locked in because the long-term reply at third base in Chicago, and the White Sox anticipate Madrigal again in 2022.
If a deal does in the end get pushed throughout the end line, Escobar would determine to be the primary of a number of additions for a White Sox crew that’s in first place regardless of a number of accidents to key contributors. Eloy Jimenez hasn’t performed in a recreation this season after struggling a ruptured pectoral tendon throughout a Spring Coaching recreation, and Luis Robert has been out since early Might with a Grade 3 hip flexor pressure. Fellow outfielders Adam Eaton and Adam Engel, in the meantime, are on the shelf owing to hamstring strains — the second of the season in Engel’s case.
As for the D-backs, Escobar is one in all many veteran items who may change arms between now and the July 30 commerce deadline. Asdrubal Cabrera, one other pending free agent, appears all however assured to maneuver. Outfielder David Peralta and right-hander Merrill Kelly are each affordably signed by means of the 2022 season. Backup catcher Stephen Vogt and reliever Joakim Soria aren’t having their finest seasons, however they’re each impending free brokers with stable observe data and affordable $3.5MM salaries. Ketel Marte, in fact, is the Diamondbacks’ premier commerce chip, as he’s managed right through the 2024 season. That mentioned, he’s additionally coping with a hamstring situation and is undergoing additional imaging at the moment because the crew continues to guage that damage.