MLB hot stove: Phillies, Padres not only teams in on Mike Moustakas Escobar, 32, was a key member of the Royals squad that went to back-to-back World Series in 2014 and 2015. He won the ALCS MVP that season after batting .478 with six runs scored and five RBIs while Kansas City got its first world title since 1985.The shortstop is coming off of a few lackluster seasons in which he has failed to eclipse the .300 OBP mark over the last four years. Related News However, he is a career-.258 hitter who has scored at least 70 runs in three of his last five seasons. Escobar has been a solid every day player in MLB for the last nine seasons and the Orioles just added a guy who can solidify the middle of the infield and the bottom of their order.If Escobar makes the club out of spring training, he will make $700,000 this season, according to a report from Fancred Sports.He will compete for the starting job with Richie Martin who Baltimore picked up in the Rule 5 Draft and Jonathan Villar who the Orioles acquired from the Brewers last season in a trade for Jonathan Schoop. CC Sabathia makes retirement after 2019 MLB season official The Orioles could have just gotten the best deal in MLB this offseason. Emphasis on could.Baltimore signed All-Star and Gold Glove shortstop Alcides Escobar to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training, the team announced Saturday.