Alcides Escobar
SS/3B FA
4 months ago

Escobar signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on Friday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar was released by the Orioles on Wednesday and was apparently unable to find any major-league opportunities elsewhere. The 32-year-old should head to Triple-A Charlotte and will serve as a depth option at shortstop for the White Sox.

Alcides Escobar
SS/3B FA
4 months ago

Escobar was released by the Orioles on Wednesday, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Orioles elected to go with youth and upside over veteran leadership, with the 32-year-old Escobar jettisoned in favor of Rule 5 picks Richie Martin and Drew Jackson. Escobar's viability as a major leaguer is questionable at this point in his career, as the advanced metrics haven't liked his defense for the last few years and he hasn't posted a wRC+ above 69 since 2014.

Alcides Escobar
SS/3B FA
4 months ago

Escobar has an opt-out in his contract which triggers Wednesday, meaning the Orioles' decision on whether or not to add him to the major-league roster is imminent, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Orioles must decide if they want a veteran taking up a spot on the roster or they'd be better served giving playing time to young players given where they currently sit in the competitive cycle. Escobar is hitting just .219 with a .597 OPS this spring, though Baltimore was likely never expecting much more than veteran leadership from him at this point in his career. Rule 5 picks Richie Martin and Drew Jackson represent the Orioles' primary alternatives at shortstop.

Alcides Escobar
SS/3B FA
5 months ago

Escobar went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in Thursday's exhibition against Philadelphia.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar plated a run in the second inning on a fielder's choice and laced an RBI single into left field to score Jonathan Villar in the third. He's off to a strong start with Baltimore and will aim to keep it rolling as he attempts to earn a utility role with the big-league club.

Alcides Escobar
SS/3B FA
5 months ago

Escobar joined the Orioles at their spring training facility Tuesday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar had struck an agreement to join the Orioles on a minor-league deal over the weekend but needed a couple of days to get his travel arrangements in order before reporting to camp. He'll be only a day behind his fellow position players, so the delay shouldn't impact Escobar's ability to make the club. After mostly serving as an everyday shortstop for Kansas City the past eight seasons, Escobar will be competing for a utility gig with the big club and looks on track to fall well short of the 500 plate appearances he's cleared every year since 2009.

Alcides Escobar
SS/3B FA
5 months ago

Escobar signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to free agency on Saturday, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran averaged 155 games per season in eight seasons with the Royals and was a key part of Kansas City's back-to-back pennant runs in 2014 and 2015, though he's never done much at the plate. In 11 total big-league seasons, he's hit .258/.293/.343 with just 41 homers. He joins one of the easiest rosters to break into in the league, though the Orioles would likely prefer to give at-bats to younger players.

Alcides Escobar
SS/3B FA
10 months ago

Escobar is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Indians, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar will take a seat for the second straight game despite a six-game hit streak in which he is 9-for-22 with two doubles and a walk. Hunter Dozier grabs another start at third base for the Royals, batting sixth.

Alcides Escobar
SS/3B FA
10 months ago

Escobar is not in the lineup Thursday against the Indians, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar will take a seat for Thursday's series opener as he continues to split time at the hot corner with Hunter Dozier, who is starting in place of Escobar on Thursday for the third time in the last six games. The veteran infielder is hitting .227/.276/.311 with four homers and eight steals through 138 games on the season.

Alcides Escobar
SS/3B FA
10 months ago

Escobar is not starting Tuesday against the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran has hit .407 with a 1.000 OPS over his last seven games. He'll sit Tuesday, with Hunter Dozier starting at third base.

Alcides Escobar
SS/3B FA
10 months ago

Escobar is not in Saturday's starting nine against the Tigers, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar will get a breather after starting each of the last four games. Hunter Dozier draws the nod at the hot corner and will bat fifth.