#Nationals are indeed getting Alcides Escobar from the Royals. They're sending cash. Escobar was in KC for part of their rebuild and won the 2015 World Series. Named ALCS MVP in '15. Ned Yost liked to refer to him as a shark because he didn't appear to have bones/was very durable— Maria Torres (@maria_torres3) July 3, 2021
What makes this trade so intriguing is that Escobar is currently in Triple-A and hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2018 with Kansas City. He spent three years with the Milwaukee Brewers from 2008 to 2010, then joined the Royals for the next eight seasons. He spent Spring Training with the Baltimore Orioles in 2019 but was released before the regular season began. He then spent just over three months with the Chicago White Sox on a minor league deal.
Alcides did not spend any time on a roster in 2020. He returned to the Royals on a minor league deal two months ago and has slashed .274/.311/.452 with five homers, 16 RBI, six walks, and 29 strikeouts through 35 games at Triple-A this year. He’s also been quite solid in the field, posting a .975 fielding percentage. The 34-year-old has spent the majority of his time at shortstop but has also patrolled second and third base.
The Nationals are hurting for infield depth right now, especially after placing Jordy Mercer on the 10-day injured list with a strained quad earlier on Friday. That leaves an infield of just Josh Bell, Josh Harrison, Trea Turner (day-to-day with a finger injury), and Starlin Castro. They also selected the contract of Humberto Arteaga, so it will be interesting to see if Escobar reports to the majors or Triple-A.