Angels acquire IF Escobar from Nationals for two pitchers

Yunel Escobar could be the answer to a couple of the Angels' infield questions.

WASHINGTON — The Los Angeles Angels have acquired infielder Yunel Escobar from the Washington Nationals for right-handed pitchers Trevor Gott and Michael Brady.

The Angels also will receive $1.5 million as part of the deal announced Thursday.

Escobar fills the hole left by David Freese’s departure for free agency. Escobar played third base last season and batted .314 with nine homers and 56 RBI in 139 games. He is due $7 million in 2016 and has a $7 million team option for 2017 with a $1 million buyout. Los Angeles will be his sixth team in seven years.

To cover part of the salary, the Nationals will pay the Angels $750,000 on March 31 and July 31 next year. 

As a rookie last year, Gott went 4-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 48 games. The 23-year-old has a knack for inducing groundballs and has allowed just two homers in 47 2/3 big-league innings.

Brady, 28, made 19 starts and 32 appearances with Double-A Arkansas last year. He went 7-7 with a 3.77 ERA.