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Angels trade for Yunel Escobar

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The Los Angeles Angels have a new infielder, acquiring Yunel Escobar from the Washington Nationals

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The Los Angeles Angels have acquired infielder Yunel Escobar from the Washington Nationals in exchange for reliever Trevor Gott and minor league pitcher Michael Brady.

Escobar, 33, will apparently replace third baseman David Freese, unless the Angels end up bringing Freese back, in which case Escobar will play second base.  Escobar is under contract for 2016 at $7 million, with a $7 million team option for 2017 that includes a $1 million buyout.  Escobar was pretty solid for the Washington Nationals last season, and this is a pretty decent pickup for the Angels, who are looking to position themselves to be the primary contender to Texas and Houston in the A.L. West next season.