According to Jon Heyman, the Nationals have agreed to a trade that will send Yunel Escobar to the Angels.
Escobar makes sense for angels, as they need 2B and 3B. He was terrific with nats in 2015. @jonmorosi on it— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 10, 2015
Trading for Escobar will provide the Angels with some much needed infield depth, as their third base and second base options before the trade were Kaleb Cowart, Cliff Pennington, and Johnny Giavotella.
In 591 plate appearances with the Nationals in 2015, Escobar hit .314/.375/.415 with a wOBA of .348 and a wRC+ of 120. He has one guaranteed year left on his contract, but does have a team option for 2017 worth $7 million. In exchange for Escobar, the Nationals will be adding a potentially key piece to their bullpen.
Looks like it is, indeed, Trevor Gott going to DC. Nothing official yet, though.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) December 10, 2015
Gott is a 23 year old reliever with just one year in the big leagues. In 47.2 innings last season, he posted a K/9 of 5.10, a BB/9 of 3.02, along with an ERA of 3.02 and an FIP of 3.75. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Gott is his HR/9. In 135.2 minor league innings, he allowed just four home runs, which translates to a rate of 0.27 HRs per nine.
In addition to Gott, Jon Heyman is reporting that the Nationals will also get a minor leaguer in the deal, but his identity isn't yet known. This story will be updated when more information is available.