Yunel Escobar Claimed By A’s On Revocable Waivers

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.