Edwin Escobar Rumors

Red Sox Notes: Lester, Dodgers, Miller

“There’s a growing expectation from rival execs that Jon Lester is going to be traded before [the July] deadline,” ESPN’s Buster Olney reports (Twitter link), and the Dodgers are seen as the likeliest candidate to add the Red Sox left-hander.  Los Angeles has shown interest in Lester, though there were conflicting reports yesterday about whether the two sides had actually seriously discussed a trade.

Here’s some more news surrounding the defending World Series champs…

  • The Royals, Dodgers and Nationals are the latest known suitors for reliever Andrew Miller, according to ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes and Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com. (Edes reported the Royals’ interest while Gammons reported on the two NL teams.)  Boston is known to be shopping Miller, with the Braves and Pirates also amongst the clubs checking in on the lefty.  Miller has posted an outstanding 2.45 ERA, 14.5 K/9 and 5.0 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 relief innings for the Sox this season.
  • Also from Gammons, several other teams were interested in Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree, the two ex-Giants prospects obtained by the Red Sox in the Jake Peavy trade.  Two different rival executives told Gammons they tried to get Hembree as a future set-up man, while Escobar’s stock was higher before he began his tough season at Triple-A.
  • In a piece full of notes and observations about the Red Sox, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe is baffled that Lester and the Sox seemed so mutually interested in a contract extension yet now Lester could be a trade candidate.  “Why the Sox seem almost eager to chase away one of their cornerstone players is a mystery,” Abraham writes, predicting that if Lester hits the open market, he’ll sign elsewhere since another teams will spend big for the southpaw.
  • Also from Abraham, he opines that the Red Sox should extend Miller rather than trade him, stay away from Matt Kemp in any trade talks with the Dodgers and release struggling reliever Edward Mujica.

Giants Acquire Edwin Escobar From Rangers

The Rangers have completed a trade for Ben Snyder by sending Edwin Escobar to the Giants, according to a team press release.

Snyder was selected from San Francisco by the Orioles in last year's Rule 5 draft, then immediately dealt to the Rangers as part of the Kevin Millwood-Chris Ray trade. Snyder did not make Texas' opening day roster and was offered back to the Giants, but the Rangers had hoped to work out a deal that would allow them to retain the left-hander. The two sides completed the transaction by sending Escobar, another lefty, from Texas to San Francisco.

The 24-year-old Snyder posted a 2.88 ERA in 97 innings for the Giants' Double A affiliate in 2009, and has been assigned outright to the Rangers' Double A affiliate.

Escobar, meanwhile, turns 18 this month, and has yet to pitch above rookie ball. The Venezuelan left-hander, a relative of Alcides Escobar and Kelvim Escobar, was signed by the Rangers in 2008.