- Claimed LHP TIM COONEY from the St. Louis Cardinals
- Outrighted C CHRIS GIMENEZ from the 40-man roster.
Escobar, 24, spent most of the season in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization after being claimed by Arizona from Boston in late April. He made 16 starts for the AAA Reno Aces, posting a 6-3 mark with a 4.25 ERA (91.IP, 99H, 43ER, 63SO). The La Boyera, Venezuela native has also pitched in the Texas, San Francisco and Boston organizations and made his Major League debut with the Red Sox in 2014.
Cooney, 25, did not pitch in 2016 due to July right shoulder surgery after dealing with shoulder discomfort beginning in spring training. The Malvern, PA native has pitched in the Cardinals system for four seasons since 2012, posting a Minor League mark of 33-26 with a 3.35 ERA in 79 games/76 starts (456.2IP, 445H, 170ER, 93BB, 373SO). Cooney made 6 starts for the St. Louis Cardinals in April and July of 2015, going 1-0 with a 3.16 ERA (31.1IP, 28H, 11ER, 10BB, 29SO). He was St. Louis' third round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Wake Forest.