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Nationals trade Yunel Escobar to Angels

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After one season in Washington, Yunel Escobar is heading back to the American League.

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The Nationals have traded Yunel Escobar to the Angels in exchange for 23-year-old pitcher Trevor Gott and a minor league player. Washington acquired Escobar in January in a trade with the Athletics a few days after the A's had acquired him in a trade with the Rays.

Escobar had a good offensive season in Washington. Playing his first full major league season at third base, he had a .790 OPS, filling in for the oft-injured Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman. Escobar, whose one-year stint in Washington followed stints with the Braves, Blue Jays, and Rays, will make a base salary of $7 million in 2016 with a $7 million option for 2017. For a team lacking infield depth, Escobar's ability to play multiple positions will come in handy.

Gott made his major league debut in 2015, pitching out of the Angels' bullpen. He had a 3.02 ERA in 47.2 innings, and he and the recently-acquired Shawn Kelley give the Nationals more bullpen depth. While the trade allowed Washington to shed Escobar's contract and free up payroll, Gott's 2015 peripherals suggest a regression could be inevitable. Gott posted a 1.69 K/BB, with a dismal rate of 5.10 strikeouts per nine.