New Miami Marlins shortstop Yunel Escobar, the former Toronto Blue Jays player suspended in September for wearing eye black that read, "TUE ERE MARICON," has already been traded.
Tuesday’s trade, which is pending physicals, comes as no surprise. The Marlins have been actively shopping Escobar from the time they obtained him.
Several teams expressed interest in Escobar, but Miami deemed the Rays’ offer the best. Baseball America ranked Dietrich, 23, as the Rays’ ninth-best prospect.
Dietrich, who swings left-handed, plays second and shortstop and is a .278 hitter in three minor-league seasons. The former second-round draft pick out of Georgia Tech split last season at Single A and Double A.
Although the Marlins had met with Escobar and told him they intended to use him at third base, they were never keen on keeping him. For one thing, they had settled on Adeiny Hechavarria — who also joined the Marlins in the Toronto trade — as their shortstop. For another, they had concerns with Escobar’s character issues.
Escobar was eager to put the Marlins behind him.
In a story published Tuesday by El Nuevo Herald, the native of Cuba said: “I came here with a lot of excitement to play in front of Miami’s Latin fans, especially the Cuban ones. But in these moments, I think the best for my career is to go somewhere else where I’m appreciated more. I think I have a lot to offer as a ballplayer, but you need to be wanted. I’m not feeling that here.”