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Former Blue Jay Yunel Escobar traded from Miami Marlins to Tampa Bay Rays


FRED THORNHILL/REUTERS Former Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar, dealt to Miami on Nov. 19, was shipped cross-state Tuesday night in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.

NASHVILLE, TENN.—Yunel Escobar’s stay with the Miami Marlins lasted all of two weeks.

The payroll-slashing Marlins dealt the shortstop and his $ 5 million salary across Florida to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night for minor league infielder Derek Dietrich.

Escobar’s departure lowers the Marlins’ projected opening-day payroll to a major league-low $ 38 million, which includes $ 4.5 million owed Toronto next year, $ 1.5 million due to Arizona in 2013 as part of the Heath Bell trade and $ 1 million for a prorated share of Bell’s signing bonus.

Acquired in the 12-player trade that sent Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson to Toronto on Nov. 19, Escobar batted .253 last season with nine homers and 51 RBIs.

thestar.com – Sports

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