Escobar who was acquired last off-season from the Miami Marlins will make $5 million in 2014, the same salary he made this past season. The Rays also hold a 2015 option for $5 million.
This past season Escobar played in a career-high 153 games, while leading all major league shortstops with a club-record and career best .989 fielding percentage. He committed only seven errors in 610 chances and was named a finalist for the American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
At the plate, Escobar hit .256 (130-for-508) with nine home runs, 56 RBI with a career-high 27 doubles.
Zobrist is the longest tenured member of the Rays and was named to his second American League All-Star team in 2013.
He won the AL fielding crown at second base with a club-record .993 fielding percentage despite starting at four different positions and was named a finalist for the American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
This season, Zobrist batted .275 with 12 home runs, 71 RBI, 36 doubles and 11 stolen bases. His 168 hits established a career high. He also drew 72 walks and took over as the Rays career walks leader with 467.
Zobrist will make $7 million in 2014 with the Rays holding a 2015 option for $7.5 million as part of a six-year deal that Zobrist signed in 2010.
Escobar and Zobrist started 117 games as double play partners and their combined 11 errors matched Cal Ripken Jr. and Billy Ripken (1990 Baltimore Orioles) and Mark Loretta and Alex Gonzalez ( 2006 Red Sox) for the fewest ever by an AL double play combination.
It was a no-brainer for the Rays to have picked-up the options of Zobrist and Escobar as both players solidified the Rays infield which committed a major-league low 36 errors, three errors off the all-time mark of 33 set by the 1999 New York Mets.
With two of the four options under the fold, the Rays have to decide by Sunday night on a $6.5-million option on David DeJesus, or pay him a $1.5-million buyout; and on Monday on a $2-million option on Juan Carlos Oviedo or a $30,000 buyout.
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