The Nationals and A's have both confirmed the trade on their respective twitter accounts. It is worth noting that Sporting News reported yesterday that the Nationals had reached a stalemate with Ian Desmond while attempting to negotiate a contract extension with the 2012 All-Star. The acquisition of Escobar may mean that the negotiations have fallen through and Desmond is now on the trade block. Of course, the aforementioned possibility of Escobar replacing Asdrubal Cabrera at second base is still very likely as well. (Updated by Austin Green)
William Ladson of MLB.com has confirmed that Tyler Clippard will indeed be heading to the Athletics in the deal. Last season Clippard posted a 2.18 ERA. Clippard is a great addition to any bullpen, and he will help solidify the 8th inning for Oakland. This is confirmed to be a 1-1 MLB player deal, with no prospects or cash attached.
With Ian Desmond yet to be traded it appears that Yunel Escobar will have the second base job in Washington, replacing Asdrubal Cabrera. Asdrubal signed a one year deal with the Rays earlier this month. Marcus Siemen now becomes the #1 shortstop on the A's depth chart for the time being. Very strong yet surprising move for both sides.
The Washington Nationals have acquired infielder Yunel Escobar from the Oakland Athletics for an unknown quantity. Jon Heyman of CBS sports reported that Tyler Clippard would make sense in the trade, but as of this time that has yet to be announced.
On Saturday the A's acquired Yunel Escobar along with Ben Zobrist to be the team's two middle infielders. Now Yunel has been traded again. To the Nationals. Yunel's role is currently unknown, as former All-Star Ian Desmond is the clubs' current shortstop. Throughout the last few weeks the Mets and Nationals have been discussed in trade talks, so this potentially could lead to a trade with the Mets or any team hunting for a shortstop. One of the two shortstops, both in contract years, will very likely be traded before the season starts. Escobar batted .258 hit 7 HR in 2014, while Desmond batted .255 with 24 HR. Both could impact a contender greatly this upcoming season.
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