We've picked up on a few rumblings recently concerning the Braves' Yunel Escobar. From the Red Sox having interest to the Royals "coveting" the shortstop, the rumors have been flying. Well, MLB.com's Mark Bowman would like to set the record straight:
"Look I understand the entertainment value of the rumor market that will swirl over the next few weeks leading up to the trade deadline," Bowman wrote Monday evening. "But at the same time, I think it's time to take Yunel Escobar's name out of the mix.
Teams have certainly called to express interest in Escobar and with his stubborn personality the talented shortstop has given the Braves at least reason to ponder the possibility of moving him.
But from what I've gathered, the Braves have zero desire to move Escobar."
The 26-year-old shortstop is batting .405 with runners in scoring position this season and leads the Braves with 42 RBI. Oh, and he's costing the club just $425K this year.