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Slick-fielding Escobar finds a home with Rays

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 21, 2014 at 5:46 pm •  Published: February 21, 2014

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Yunel Escobar is coming off the best season of his career, and the Tampa Bay Rays believe their slick-fielding shortstop can be even better in 2014.

The native of Cuba shrugged off a slow start to post solid numbers offensively a year ago, however stellar defense was his biggest contribution to a team that reached the playoffs for the fourth time in six seasons.

Largely viewed as an underachiever with the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays, Escobar led all major league shortstops with a .989 fielding percentage in his first year in Tampa Bay, which acquired him in a trade from the Miami Marlins last winter.