What did the A’s want with Yunel Escobar?

I dunno, seemed like the A’s wanted Yunel Escobar because they didn’t have a high-quality shortstop before.

Now that they’re trading him to the Nationals for Tyler Clippard — you know, pending physicals or notes from the school nurse or whatever — it seems like they didn’t want Escobar because of that, at all. In fact, Susan Slusser’s reportage sorta suggests they couldn’t get Ben Zobrist without also taking Escobar … and suddenly we can’t help wondering why nobody seems to want Yunel Escobar, a high-quality shortstop who doesn’t make a great deal of money.

Is he really that annoying?

I dunno, maybe.

Of course, the funny thing is the A’s are now without a high-quality shortstop again … while the Nationals now have two of them, because Ian Desmond’s still No. 1 on the depth chart. So maybe this spinning wheel of Escobar still isn’t finished spinning. Or maybe the Nationals, with a shaky Danny Espinosa at second base and soon-to-be-free agent Ian Desmond at shortstop, figure Escobar’s a nifty insurance policy. Makes sense to me.

What doesn’t make sense, yet, is how a really good $8 million relief pitcher helps the A’s more than a pretty good $5 million shortstop.

But the winter is young, and you know the A’s will be interesting.