I like what Escobar's doing but let's cool the "sell high" chatter. He had a .587 OPS in the majors prior to this season, and a career .675 OPS in the minors. Hopefully he is turning a corner but I don't know that other clubs are going to jump at him because of a solid stretch of 360 plate appearances.
Also, there's nothing wrong with having a guy like him in the utility role. It's a luxury to have a versatile glove and a decent bat there, and if Santana should falter or get hurt, he's available to fall back on.
I agree. If at the break next season he's repeating this offensive production while playing good defense at multiple positions then it might be time to look at trading him to a team that would use him as a starter, provided that Danny Santana is locked in as the starting SS based on his production. Or, if Santana falters next season then Escobar can start & Santana can be the utility player.
I wonder if the Twins will look at extending Escobar this offseason. What's his contract like? If this season isn't an aberration having him locked in to a multi-year team friendly contract would be really attractive. And from what I've read about Escobar's personality & demeanor it seems like he would not be the sort of player to be overly greedy in his contract talks.