WASHINGTON – Shortstop Alcides Escobar agreed to a one-year, $ 1 million contract Tuesday to stay with the Washington Nationals next season.
Escobar, who turns 35 in December, hit .288 with 21 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 28 RBIs in 75 games with the Nationals after signing with the club in July.
Before joining Washington, he hadn’t been to the big leagues since 2018.
Escobar has a .259 career average with 245 doubles and 470 RBIs in a total of 12 seasons in the majors with three clubs. He was an American League All-Star for the Kansas City Royals in 2015.
This is the first move in what looks like it will be a busy offseason for general manager Mike Rizzo after Washington finished last in the NL East with a 67-95 record. The regular season ended on Sunday.
Rizzo opted to make a lot of roster moves at the trade deadline, parting ways with more than half a dozen veterans, including shortstop Trea Turner, who ended up as eventual NL batting champion, and starting pitcher Max Scherzer. .