Danny Espinosa
SS LAA
1 month ago

Espinosa agreed to a one-year, $5.425 million contract with the Angels on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

The former Washington National will see close to a $3 million pay raise with his new club in 2017. Espinosa had a disappointing final season with the Nationals, slashing .209/.306/.378 with 174 strikeouts. He did, however, mash 24 home runs and drove in 72 runs. Espinosa figures to be the Angels' primary second baseman, which is a position that the club struggled to find production from last year.

Danny Espinosa
SS LAA
2 months ago

Espinosa was traded to the Angels on Saturday, Josh Norris of Baseball America reports.

EDGE Analysis

Espinosa will head to Los Angeles after playing 779 games with the Nationals over parts of the last seven seasons with the Nationals. He played shortstop in Washington, but with Andrelton Simmons playing that position for the Angels, Espinosa will presumably move to second base. Espinosa hit just .209 last season, but did set career highs with 24 home runs and 72 RBI over 157 games.

Danny Espinosa
SS LAA
5 months ago

Espinosa went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk in Friday's 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Pirates.

EDGE Analysis

His 423-foot shot in the second drove in Ryan Zimmerman, making it a 3-0 Nationals lead at the time. Espinosa has six RBI over his last four games, but is only slashing .131/.206/.295 overall in September. However, his power and RBI numbers have seen a resurgence in a season where he's played his highest number of games since 2012, with his 23 round-trippers and 69 RBI both serving as career highs.

Danny Espinosa
SS LAA
5 months ago

Espinosa powered the Nationals' offense on Monday, going 1-for-2 with a three-run homer in a 4-3 loss to the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

The blast was Espinosa's 22nd of the year, but just his second in the last 15 games, a period over which he's hit an abysmal .146/.212/.292 while striking out 21 times in 48 at-bats. The 22 home runs set a new career-high for Espinosa, although his .384 slugging percentage is indicative of some luck in that home run tally and a potential reversion to the mean in 2017.

Danny Espinosa
SS LAA
5 months ago

Espinosa (personal) is back in the lineup Saturday against the Braves, William Ladson of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Espinosa flew back to California earlier in the week to be with his wife following the birth of their child, but he's now rejoined the team and will get the starting nod at shortstop Saturday. Espinosa will bat seventh in the order against the Braves' Gio Gonzalez.

Danny Espinosa
SS LAA
5 months ago

Espinosa is out of the lineup Friday against the Braves, MASN's Mark Zuckerman reports.

EDGE Analysis

There's a chance Espinosa rejoins the team in Atlanta for the start of the series, but he will not start the opener. Espinosa flew back to California after Wednesday's game to be with his wife for the birth of the couple's child. Stephen Drew will man shortstop and bat eighth in his absence.

Danny Espinosa
SS LAA
6 months ago

Espinosa's bat showed some life on Monday, going 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

Espinosa had a massive month of June, but hasn't gotten much done at the dish in any other month. The shortstop has a .175 batting average this month, and Monday's blast was his first home run since July 3. Fort he season Espinosa has a .216 average with 19 home runs and 59 RBI.

Danny Espinosa
SS LAA
6 months ago

Espinosa is not in the starting lineup for the Nationals on Friday, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Espinosa has continued to struggle at the plate over his last 10 games, hitting just .194 with 12 strikeouts in his last 36 at-bats. He will likely rejoin the starting lineup on Saturday when the Nationals host Rob Whalen and the Braves.

Danny Espinosa
SS LAA
7 months ago

Espinosa is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Giants, MASN's Dan Kolko reports.

EDGE Analysis

Espinosa will head to the bench after starting 12 straight coming out of the break, affording Wilmer Difo his first start with the big club this season. The 29-year-old Espinosa's been mired in a miserable slump, going 5-for-44 (.114 average) with 18 strikeouts to begin the second half, but his playing time appears relatively safe for now with Trea Turner taking on a significant role in center field.

Danny Espinosa
SS LAA
8 months ago

Espinosa is out of the lineup Wednesday, MASN's Dan Kolko reports.

EDGE Analysis

He has continued to shine at the dish of late, with five homers in his last six games. Not only is he holding the Nationals' presumed shortstop of the future, Trea Turner, at bay in Triple-A, but Turner has actually started playing some center field, suggesting Espinosa could hold regular playing time through the rest of the season, provided he continues to produce. Stephen Drew will start at shortstop and hit seventh Wednesday.