Report: A's acquire Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar via trade with Rays

Rumors of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's fire sale may have been greatly exaggerated, as the A's have reportedly struck a deal to acquire infielders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Here's the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser with the report:

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal cites sources that say it's a done deal:

The Rays are expected to pick another key piece from the A's farm system in the deal as well:

Along with the recent acquisition of Marcus Semien from the Chicago White Sox, the A's now have even more positional flexibility with the acquisition of Zobrist. While his offensive production has dipped a bit recently, the 33-year-old two-time All-Star can play second base, DH, and all three outfield positions.

The 32-year-old Escobar hit .258/.324/.340 with seven home runs and 39 RBIs for the Rays in 2014.

Follow our Oakland A's and Tampa Bay Rays team pages for more on this deal!

Back to the Oakland Athletics Newsfeed