Rays exercise options on Escobar, Zobrist
The Rays have exercised their 2014 club options on shortstop Yunel Escobar and utility man Ben Zobrist.
Escobar played in a career-high 153 games this year, leading all Major League shortstops with a club-record and career-best .989 fielding percentage, and was a Gold Glove finalist. He hit .256 with nine homers, 56 RBIs and a career-high 27 doubles. He also hit .467 (7-for-15) in his first career postseason this year.
Zobrist, named to his second All-Star Team this year, is the longest-tenured member of the Rays. He started at four different positions this season and is one of six players in the Majors to appear in 150-plus games in each of the past five seasons, and the first Ray.
The team also holds club options on outfielder David DeJesus and right-handed reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo. They must decide on DeJesus’ option by midnight Sunday and Oviedo’s by midnight Monday.
– Joey Nowak