September 18, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays infielder Yunel Escobar (5) speaks during a press conference addressing offensive comments written on his eye black before a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE
While the Toronto Blue Jays weren’t able to complete a trade involving shortstop Yunel Escobar this summer, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com believes he will be made available once again this winter, and "someone will want him," possibly the Arizona Diamondbacks and Detroit Tigers.
They were ready to trade him in July, made it known that he was available. They didn't get an offer they liked then, but the feeling was that he'd be available again this winter.
He'll be available now. You can be sure of that.
Someone will want him. You can be sure of that, too.
Knobler notes that following the trade of Stephen Drew, the Diamondbacks "will be looking." General manager Kevin Towers went as far as saying his club would "have no choice but to look for a trade, because the free agent market is so weak."
Given the fact that Detroit has stuck with outfielder Delmon Young despite his off-the-field issues, Knobler believes the Tigers could be another potential fit for Escobar.
On the season, Escobar’s only mustered a line of .251/.295/.346 with twenty doubles and nine home runs. The 29-year-old owns a career line of .282/.353/.391 over six seasons in the majors.
Will Yunel Escobar be traded this winter?