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Angels acquire Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar for reliever Trevor Gott

Angels acquire Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar for reliever Trevor Gott

The Angels left the winter meetings Thursday without a slugging left fielder, but they did add a hard-hitting infielder in Yunel Escobar, who was acquired from the Washington Nationals for reliever Trevor Gott and minor league pitcher Michael Brady. The Angels also received about $1.5 million in cash.

Escobar, 33, is coming off his best offensive season, when he hit .314 with a .375 on-base percentage, .415 slugging percentage, nine home runs and 56 runs batted in. He has a career slash line of .281/.350/.385 with 78 homers and 449 RBIs in nine seasons.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Escobar has made 986 of his 1,159 career starts at shortstop but probably will play third base for...

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