Minnesota Twins' 25-man roster projection
MAR 23, 6:00a ET | Tyler Mason
Rotowire: Mar 28 / 7:13a ET
News: Escobar will move to a utility role with Danny Santana named Minnesota's starting shortstop. He could also get spot starts in left field against tough left-handed pitchers, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Escobar is having a strong spring by hitting .302 with three home runs, but it wasn't enough to overcome Minnesota's plans to move Santana back to shortstop. It sounds like Escobar could get somewhat regular at-bats off the bench. There's also a chance he's traded early in the season as there have been reports other teams have asked the Twins about his availability this spring.
Rotowire: Mar 18 / 9:55a ET
News: Escobar went 2-for-4 with a grand slam in Tuesday's spring training win over Baltimore. He's hitting .364 (8-for-22) this spring and the Twins are getting trade inquiries with Escobar headed for a utility role, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.
Impact: Escobar is competing with Danny Santana for the starting shortstop job, but all indications so far are that Santana will win the role and Escobar will move to a utility role. It seems unlikely the Twins would trade Escobar before the start of the season, but his fantasy value could improve if he moves to another club and lands a starting job.
Rotowire: Jan 28 / 8:23a ET
News: Escobar and Danny Santana will compete for Minnesota's starting shortstop job this spring, manager Paul Molitor told MLB.com.
Impact: The Twins sound committed to moving Santana from center field back to shortstop, where he played in the minors. If Santana wins the job, Escobar would likely move to a utility role. However, it's not clear who the Twins would start in center field, so it's possible no center field candidate emerges as worthy of everyday playing time and Santana stays in the outfield. Escobar could see a reduction in playing time depending how the competition shapes up this spring.