Adam Glanzman/Getty ImagesThe Arizona Diamondbacks have reportedly acquired third baseman Eduardo Escobar from the Minnesota Twins ahead of Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline.Jon Heyman of Fancred reported Friday the two teams had reached an agreement on a trade. According to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan Adam Jones Jersey
, Minnesota will receive minor-leaguersJhoan Duran (right-handed pitcher), Ernie De La Trinidad (outfielder) and Gabriel Maciel (outfielder) in return.The 29-year-old infielder is making $4.85 million in 2018 and is in the final year of his contract, perSpotrac.Escobar is having the best season of his career, hitting .274/.338/.514 with 15 home runs, an MLB-leading 37 doubles, three triples and 63 RBI. He has already set a career-high in doubles in just 97 games, and he is approaching career-highs in home runs (21) and RBI (73), both of which he set last year.The switch-hitter has done most of his damage this season fromthe left sideof the plate http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-manny-machado-jersey
, hitting .282 with 13 home runs and 30 doubles against right-handers.Adding Escobar gives Arizona some versatility to work with. He has made appearance at second, third and shortstop this season, spending the majority of his time at the hot corner. Not only that, but he also hashit everywherebut the leadoff spot and seventh in 2018, although he typically finds himself right in the middle of the order.Arizona third baseman Jake Lamb (.222 average with six home runs and 31 RBI in 56 games) has struggled after making his first All-Star team a season ago, and hereinjuredhis shoulder on Thursday. Overall, Arizonathird basemen鈥攍ed by Lamb鈥攔ank29th in average (.219) while the shortstopsrank26th in the majors in average (.235).In other words, Escobar's bat will provide a nice upgrade to the left side of the infield.At 56-48 Chris Davis Jersey
, the Diamondbacks trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by just 1.5 games in the National League West and are just a half-game back of the Atlanta Braves for the second wild-card spot. If Escobar does indeed head to the desert, that's one less hole in the Arizona lineup, giving the team a better shot at making a playoff run. Mike Clevinger will make his last start of the regular season for the Cleveland Indians on Friday night against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.When and where Clevinger’s next start take place remains to be seen.All that’s known is that Clevinger’s next appearance will be sometime during the Indians’ American League Division Series versus the Houston Astros. That series begins Friday in Houston.Article continues below ...Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco will start the first two games of the Division Series. Clevinger could be used out of the bullpen in those games or, if he doesn’t pitch in either game as a reliever, he will likely start Game 3.That decision has yet to be made by Indians manager Terry Francona and his staff, but Clevinger said he’s ready for whatever role he fills in the postseason.“I don’t know what’s set in stone so far,” Clevinger told MLB.com. “But I obviously want to pitch as much as possible. I’d definitely like to get to start. Whatever (Francona) thinks is best.”Francona has a lot on his plate these days. In addition to setting up his rotation for the Division Series, he has been trying to give some of his position players occasional days off over the last week http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-brooks-robinson-jersey
, but still trying to keep all his players sharp for the team’s third consecutive trip to the postseason.“I’m just trying to balance guys playing,” Francona told MLB.com. “I know people are paying to watch these games. I don’t ever want it to feel like there’s disrespect. So we try to put enough out there and do it at the right time.”Clevinger’s numbers this year are very similar to last year, when he was 12-6 with a 3.11 ERA. This year he is 12-8 with a 3.07 ERA. The biggest difference is his innings pitched: 121 2/3 last year, 193 this year. He is one of four Indians starting pitchers with more than 200 strikeouts — the first time in major league history a team has had four 200-strikeout pitchers.Clevinger’s last start was a no-decision Sept. 22, a 5-4 Cleveland victory over Boston. Clevinger pitched five innings, allowing two runs and three hits, with six strikeouts and five walks. His last start against Kansas City was a 9-3 victory Sept. 4, in which he pitched six innings Cal Ripken Jersey
, giving up one run and three hits, with 10 strikeouts and one walk.In four starts against the Royals this year, Clevinger is 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA. In nine career appearances (eight starts) against Kansas City he is 5-0 with a 2.37 ERA.Kansas City’s Friday starter will be veteran right-hander Ian Kennedy (3-8, 4.59). After missing nearly two months with an oblique strain, Kennedy was activated off the disabled list Sept. 9. He is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three starts since.His last start was a 4-3 victory over Detroit on Sept. 21, when he pitched seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned) and seven hits, with six strikeouts and no walks.His only start against the Indians this year was a good one http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-dylan-bundy-jersey
, a 1-0 win April 7 in which he pitched six scoreless innings on four hits, with eight strikeouts and no walks.In 11 career starts against Cleveland, Kennedy is 3-5 with a 5.34 ERA.