Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
Tampa Bay, Oakland, St. Louis and New York are trying to acquire Yunel Escobar from the Miami Marlins -- and the Marlins are "getting closer" to a deal.
Oakland and Tampa Bay have perhaps the biggest need at shortstop. The A's declined the 2013 option on Stephen Drew's contract, while the Rays played Ben Zobrist at shortstop down the stretch -- even though he's spent most of his time playing second base and right field lately for the Rays.
St. Louis and New York have starting shortstops, but both are recovering from injuries. St. Louis' Rafael Furcal is dealing with an elbow injury and missed the playoffs, while Derek Jeter fractured his ankle against the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS.
Escobar is signed through the 2013 season, and will make $5 million dollars. Whoever acquires Escobar will have a pair of club options on Escobar for the 2014 and 2015 season. Each option year is worth $5 million.