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Yunel Escobar, who is preparing for a position change from shortstop to second base, has been shut down with a Grade 1 oblique strain. According to Nationals manager Matt Williams, Escobar "hasn’t had any problem when throwing or fielding grounders." The issue arises when he tries to swing, a common cause of oblique strains. Williams anticipates he'll be fine at second base with a couple of weeks to prepare when he returns to action. (Source: Nats Insider)

Fantasy Impact: If Escobar is not ready by opening day, look for Danny Espinosa to get starts. The Nationals also have former Atlanta Brave Dan Uggla in camp competing for a bench job.

 

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Escobar was acquired with Ben Zobrist from the Rays, giving the Athletics a replacement for Jed Lowrie. (Source: SF Gate)

Fantasy Impact: Lowrie was a productive hitter in 2013, but struggled a bit in 2014 and was let go as a free agent. Escobar will start for the Athletics and provide solid defense and league average hitting. Escobar has only hit double digit home runs three times in his eight year career and has hit .265 since moving the AL full time at the trade deadline in 2010. Furthermore, Escobar has only stolen 31 bases in eight seasons. Escobar is not worth an addition, even as a middle infielder, unless it is an extremely deep AL-only league.

 

The Rays have signed FA IF Asdrubal Cabrera, paving the way for a potential Ben Zobrist or Yunel Escobal deal. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Escobar fell out of favor with the Rays due to his inconsistent play last season and may be their first choice to move. Wherever Escobar lands he is not much of a fantasy option, except in deep leagues, due to his lack of speed or power.