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Marlins close to dealing Yunel Escobar

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.

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Yunel Escobar is close to being on his third team in a month -- at least according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

Miami is reportedly in talks with four teams for Escobar -- the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals.

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.

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