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A's acquire Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar for John Jaso, Daniel Robertson, and Boog Powell

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So, the A's have solved their middle-infield crisis for the time being in a massive, spectacular way.

Ben Zobrist will be paid $7.5mm this year, and is a free agent next year. Yunel Escobar is signed for 2 years, $13mm with a team option in 2017.

This is squarely a win-now move, and an absolute sign the team expects to compete for the AL West next year.

Slusser points out that it is now possible for the A's to field all-RH and all-LH lineups, meaning great things for all you fans of platoons out there. It looks like Semien will be moved from the starting SS role to a super-utility role -- bad news for Eric Sogard and Andy Parrino.

More to come as more details emerge. Good morning!