Yunel Escobar

Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar has been claimed on revocable waivers by the Oakland Athletics, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The deadline to work out a possible trade is 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday. However, ESPN’s Jim Bowden says a trade is unlikely.

Revocable waivers are how teams can still make trades during August, as a player can be placed on them at any time. Every other team has a chance to place a claim on a player, going in the order of worst-to-best record in the player’s league and then worst-to-best in the opposing league.

Once a player is claimed, his current team has 48 hours to work out a trade, let the other team take him without getting anything back or pull him back.

Escobar, 31, is hitting .250/.315/.316 with four homers and 31 RBIs on the season and just signed a two-year, $13 million extension with the Rays with a club option for 2017 that begins next season.

With Jed Lowrie and Nick Punto injured, the A’s could use the middle infield depth.