Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B/DH WSH 6 days ago

Espinosa is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Twins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Espinosa is stuck in a slump currenly, getting four hits in his last 17 at bats. Daniel Murphy will take his place at second base and hit third while Espinosa rests.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B/DH WSH 2 weeks ago

Espinosa is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies, according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Espinosa is mired in a deep 2-for-24 slump, so manager Dusty Baker decided to give him his first day off the season Sunday, in hopes that a mental break will help him turn things around. Stephen Drew will start at shortstop for the Nationals on Sunday afternoon.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B/DH WSH 3 weeks ago

Espinosa went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored Wednesday against the Braves.

Competitive Edge Analysis

A continued strong start to the season is going to be crucial for Espinosa, who needs to establish his place in the Washington lineup in order to hold off top prospect Trea Turner. That means the career .230 hitter needs to show improved plate discipline and contact skills lest he wind up as a utility player.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B/DH WSH 1 month ago

Espinosa made two spectacular plays at shortstop Saturday, turning a ground ball deep in the hole into a Jeter-esque jump-throw to retire Tommy Pham in the second inning and then knocking down a Ruben Tejada line drive up the middle and recovering in time to gun him down at first in the fourth inning.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He continues to struggle at the plate, hitting just .111 (3-for-27) on the spring, but Espinosa's defensive chops will ensure that he gets the nod at shortstop for the Nationals on Opening Day. His hold on the job may not last long, however, especially if Trea Turner gets off to a hot start at Triple-A.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B/DH WSH 1 month ago

Espinosa went 0-for-3 Tuesday against the Astros, and is now 0-for-17 with eight strikeouts in Grapefruit League play, the Washington Post reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Neither he nor the Nationals seem concerned, and Trea Turner isn't putting a whole lot of pressure on Espinosa with a .190 (4-for-21) start of his own. Still, if Espinosa continues to struggle at the plate over the next couple of weeks, the team may have to look at other options for their Opening Day shortstop.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B/DH WSH 2 months ago

Nationals manager Dusty Baker fell just short of naming Espinosa his Opening Day shortstop following Monday's intrasquad game, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This isn't much of a surprise, but the question for the Nats at shortstop is more when they intend to bring up top prospect Trea Turner rather than if. Espinosa may be the starter at the beginning of April, but his stint could be a short one.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B/DH WSH 3 months ago

Espinosa (hamstring) agreed to a one-year, $2.875 million deal with the Nationals on Friday, avoiding arbitration, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It seems that Espinosa is the favorite to open the season as the Nationals' starting shortstop (he will qualify at second base). However, the expectation is that Trea Turner will be up to challenge him for at-bats at some point in the first half of the season, meaning Espinosa could spend the majority of the year as a utility infielder. When he is starting, Espinosa figures to hit near the bottom of the Nationals' lineup, so there are plenty of reasons to look elsewhere to fill a middle infield spot in mixed leagues.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B/DH WSH 4 months ago

The signing of Daniel Murphy ensures that Espinosa will begin 2016 coming off the bench.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This was always the most likely outcome anyway, but until the Murphy signing the Nationals didn't have an established option at second base. Given the checkered injury histories of most of the team's starting lineup, though, including Murphy, third baseman Anthony Rendon, first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and left fielder Jayson Werth, as well as unproven rookie Trea Turner at shortstop, there could be plenty of work available for Espinosa if he continues to transition into a super-utility role.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B/DH WSH 5 months ago

Espinosa was extended a contract offer by the Nationals on Wednesday

Competitive Edge Analysis

Espinosa's time with the Nationals will continue in 2016. He batted .240/.311/.409 throughout 2015 and hit 13 home runs. For a middle infielder he does strike out too much and doesn't offer a lot of speed. Due to the health issues of Anthony Rendon in 2015, Espinosa played more than expected. It's fair to assume that Espinosa will open up the 2016 season as a utility backup for the infield.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B/DH WSH 7 months ago

Espinosa (hamstring) is done for the season, CSN Mid-Atlantic's Mark Zuckerman reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It will require four weeks of rehab for Espinosa to be able to return from the slight tear of his hamsting, so his season is over. It will be interesting to see what his role is in 2016 with Ian Desmond likely leaving in free agency and Trea Turner and Wilmer Difo seemingly ready to step into significant roles in the middle infield. Espinosa had a .753 OPS against lefties and a .709 OPS against righties while playing above average defense this season.