D-backs, Escobar agree to three-year contract

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with INF Eduardo Escobar on a three-year contract through the 2021 season.

Escobar, 29, established career highs in home runs (23), doubles (48), walks (52), runs scored (75), RBI (84), games (151), hits (154), total bases (277) and at-bats (566) while hitting .272 in 151 combined games with the D-backs and Minnesota Twins in 2018. He led all switch-hitters in doubles, ranked third in average and slugging pct. (.489), fourth in OPS (.824), fifth in RBI and hits and tied for eighth in home runs. Overall, his 48 doubles ranked second in the Majors behind Alex Bregman/HOU (51) and were tied for ninth most all-time in a season by a switch hitter.

Escobar, who was acquired from the Twins on July 27, appeared in 131 games at third base (124 starts), 21 games at shortstop (20 starts) and 1 at second (1 start). He led all third basemen with a .983 fielding pct. (5 E in 299 TC), the best fielding mark at that position since Placido Polanco/MIA in 2013 (.990).