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Athletics Nation Jan 19, 2015

Athletics trade analysis: Ben Zobrist Q&A with Daniel Russell of DraysBay

He can do everything on the field, but can he cook? After the Oakland Athletics completed their recent trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, I asked Daniel Russell of DRaysBay a few questions about Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist. Then Escobar got flipped away to the Washington Nationals for reliever Tyler Clippard, so now we don't really need to know anything about him. Here is the remaining half of the Q&A, for your enjoyment, with a bit of extra commentary to beef things up after the departure of Yunel! 1. Ben Zobrist is known for playing many positions. At which position do you think he plays...

Mike Rizzo addresses Tyler Clippard-for-Yunel Escobar deal

  Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo remembers the questions that came when Washington moved Tyler Clippard from starter to reliever ahead of the 2009 season. Would Clippard’s young arm — honed to be a starter — adapt to the bullpen? Would he have the makeup to handle pivot-point innings? The answer to each of those […]
Washington Post Jan 15, 2015

Boswell: Washington Nationals got a second baseman in Yunel Escobar, but did they get better?

General Manager Mike Rizzo always says he enters the off-season with Plan A to improve or fix the Nationals but with Plans B and C already mapped out, in case his happiest hopes don’t materialize. Trading stellar setup man Tyler Clippard for Yunel Escobar, a 32-year-old shortstop showing signs of deterioration, in order to turn him into Washington’s next second baseman feels like Plan C. Read full article >>
Athletics Nation Jan 15, 2015

Athletics acquire Tyler Clippard from Nationals for Yunel Escobar

The A's flipped their new shortstop to Washington for an elite reliever: right-handed set-up man Tyler Clippard. The Oakland Athletics have traded Yunel Escobar to the Washington Nationals for right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard, the clubs have confirmed. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports first reported that Escobar was going to the Nationals. MLB.com Nationals beat writer William Ladson has confirmed Jon Heyman's report. William Ladson reported that Tyler Clippard will be part of this deal: Tyler Clippard is involved in the deal.The deal is pending, I was informed.#Nats #Nationals #MLB —...

Rizzo on Escobar’s role, Desmond’s future and more

Mike Rizzo wrapped up a conference call with reporters a short while ago, during which time the Nationals general manager discussed last night’s trade of Tyler Clippard to the Athletics for Yunel Escobar, plus the various domino effects of this deal. Here are some of the highlights from Rizzo. We’ll have more in-depth thoughts on…
KFFL Jan 15, 2015

Nationals | Yunel Escobar could play SS

Washington Nationals SS Yunel Escobar could play shortstop this season if the team trades SS ...

The ripple effects of the Tyler Clippard-Yunel Escobar trade

At some point later on Thursday, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo is expected to hold a conference call with reporters to explain Wednesday night’s deal, which sent fan/teammate-favorite Tyler Clippard to frequent trade partner Oakland for Yunel Escobar, who was with the Athletics for four days. Fans may still be coming to terms with hearing that […]
Rays Index Jan 15, 2015

[THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

Here is an interesting twist to the Ben Zobrist-Yunel Escobar trade with the Oakland A’s. Escobar has now been traded to the Washington Nationals for Tyler Clippard. That is mildly interesting since Escobar will be replacing Asdrubal Cabrera, who signed with the Rays, meaning Escobar will play second base. But […]

More thoughts on the Clippard-Escobar trade

The immediate reaction to Wednesday night’s trade — the Nationals sent All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard to the Athletics for journeyman infielder Yunel Escobar — was fairly passionate. Especially from those who didn’t like the move, which seemed to be a healthy majority. At first glance, this indeed seemed like a head-scratcher of a deal from…
CSN Washington Jan 15, 2015

Answering questions about Clippard-Escobar trade

Wednesday night's trade of Tyler Clippard to Oakland for Yunel Escobar was met with some negative reaction, but upon closer inspection this deal made some sense for the Nationals.
Washington Post Jan 14, 2015

Nationals acquire Yunel Escobar from A’s, send Tyler Clippard to Oakland

The Washington Nationals filled their glaring need for a second baseman Wednesday night when they acquired Yunel Escobar from the Oakland Athletics for two-time all-star reliever Tyler Clippard. Escobar, who has played just 21 of his 1,060 major league games at second, is expected to be the everyday second baseman, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo confirmed.Read full article >>
Athletics Nation Jan 14, 2015

Athletics trade: Tyler Clippard is not Jim Johnson, Yunel Escobar was no panacea

With word that Yunel Escobar was a chore the A's had to take on to get Ben Zobrist from the Tampa Bay Rays, we should reevaluate just what we thought Escobar would have meant for us. Also, don't compare our new reliever to Jim Johnson. It's not even close. Perhaps Yunel Escobar was not going to be the panacea at shortstop we were led to believe he was. Yes a continuation of a double play partnership would have been neat, but then Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle added this wrinkle to what we knew about the Escobar-Zobrist trade: #Athletics announce the Tyler Clippard...
Washington Post Jan 14, 2015

Nats Journal: Nationals acquire IF Yunel Escobar from A’s for Tyler Clippard

The Nationals have filled their glaring need for a second baseman Wednesday night, acquiring infielder Yunel Escobar from the Oakland Athletics for two-time all-star reliever Tyler Clippard, multiple sources reported.Read full article >>

Nationals acquire IF Yunel Escobar from A’s for Tyler Clippard

The Nationals have filled their glaring need for a second baseman Wednesday night, acquiring infielder Yunel Escobar from the Oakland Athletics for two-time all-star reliever Tyler Clippard. Escobar, who has played just 21 of his 1,060 MLB games at second, is expected to be the everyday second baseman. The deal, first reported by Jon Heyman […]
Oakland Tribune Jan 14, 2015

A's send Yunel Escobar to Nationals for reliever Tyler Clippard

Yunel Escobar spends four days with A's; came from Tampa Bay Rays with Ben Zobrist. Clippard has been very successful set-up reliever for Washington.

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