The Rays and shortstop Yunel Escobar have agreed to a two-year contract extension covering 2015 and 2016 with a one-year club option for 2017, the team announced today.
The extension, worth a guaranteed $13 million, replaces the 2015 club option.
“Yunel has been a tremendous addition to our infield and was a critical part of our success last year,” said Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. “He brings enthusiasm and energy to our group on a daily basis to go along with his abilities on the field. We are excited to have the opportunity to extend his time in our uniform.”
Escobar, 31, is in his second season as the Rays starting shortstop. In 2013 he played in a career-high 153 games and made 149 starts, second most by a shortstop in club history behind Julio Lugo (155 in 2005). After establishing club records with a .989 fielding percentage (seven errors in 610 chances) and 53 consecutive errorless games at shortstop, he was named a finalist for the American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award.