The Los Angeles Angels entered the offseason with several holes to fill. They have filled one of their holes by acquiring infielder Yunel Escobar from the Washington Nationals in return for right-handed reliever Trevor Gott, as reported by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
The Angels needed infield depth this offseason after third baseman David Freese hit free agency and their current options at second base were less than inspiring. Acquiring Escobar gives them needed depth at either position as the veteran is capable of playing both second and third. It is unclear where he will play and the Angels may put him at second so they can retain Freese and keep him at the hot corner. Escobar should bring some versatility to the Angels and also potentially form a nice defensive tandem with recent defensive wizard shortstop acquisition Andrelton Simmons. Escobar had a career-year last season with the Nationals as he hit .314/.375/.415.
The Nats are receiving some much-needed bullpen depth with the acquisition of Gott. The hard-throwing righty went 4-2 with a 3.02 ERA across 47.2 innings of relief in 2015 for his first professional season in the big leagues. The Nats were reportedly seeking bullpen help as they entered the offseason with the intent to trade veteran relievers Drew Storen and Jonathan Papelbon. They already added veteran right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley to their bullpen earlier and the acquisition of Gott gives them another viable late-inning option to replace either Storen or Papelbon.