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Escobar signs extension with Blue Jays

Posted on: June 19, 2011 12:39 pm
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By Matt Snyder

Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar is having a solid offensive season, and he's been rewarded for it. The Blue Jays announced Sunday on their official Twitter feed that the 28 year old has signed a two-year, $10 million contract extension. The extension also includes club options for $5 million each for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Escobar wasn't set to be a free agent until 2014, but the deal eats up the remainder of his arbitration years, so that potential headache goes away for both sides.

Escobar was traded last season by the Braves to the Blue Jays as part of a five-player deal, but it was essentially a swap at shortstop for the Braves, as they chose to go with Alex Gonzalez. Escobar has come out and put up numbers this season, as he's hitting .281 with eight home runs, 42 runs and a .359 on-base percentage -- better than Gonzalez across the board, and Escobar is six years younger. Of course, by most measures Gonzalez is superior defensively. Regardless, Escobar seems to have found a home in Toronto, where he could be playing through 2015 under his new contract.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Escobar signs extension with Blue Jays

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Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 1:01 am
 

Escobar signs extension with Blue Jays

This deal basically just locks him up at an affordable rate for the foreseeable future, and it's highly likely he'll play up the value that comes with his pay cheque. What could be interesting is how this deal factors into Aaron Hill's future with the team. With guys in the minors that will inevitably come up to the show, something will have to give at the keystone positions in Toronto. That's a problem for future Alex Anthopoulos though, and I think this is a solid signing.


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