Looking to replenish their injury-depleted infield, the Los Angeles Angels acquired switch-hitting Eduardo Escobar from the New York Mets for two minor league pitchers on Friday night.
Escobar, 34, got off to a slow start this season and lost his starting job at third base in April when the Mets called up touted prospect Brett Baty from the minors.
However, the popular Escobar has blossomed into a parttime role at third and second, hitting .333 (20-for-60) with three home runs, two triples, 10 RBIs and a .951 OPS in his last 25 games.
He believes he’ll get playing time and provide needed depth for the Angels, who are without third baseman Anthony Rendon and cornerback Gio Urshela due to injuries. Rookie shortstop Zach Neto is also on the disabled list.
Los Angeles also receives cash as part of the deal. Escobar, a 2021 National League All-Star with Arizona, is in the second season of a two-year, $20 million deal he signed with the Mets. He includes a $9 million team option for 2024 with a $500,000 buyout.
Short of young arms in the minors who could help an underperforming pitching staff, the Mets welcomed right-handers Landon Marceaux and Coleman Crow. Both were starters at Double-A Rocket City.
Marceaux, 23, went 3-6 with a 4.88 ERA in 12 starts, striking out 45 in 59 innings.
The 22-year-old Crow went 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA and 31 strikeouts in four starts covering 24 innings.
Associated Press report.
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