Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 12 hours ago

Espinosa got the start at second base on Friday, going 1-for-3 with a solo home run, but shifted over to third base when Yunel Escobar exited with a minor groin strain.

He's now hitting .286 (4-for-14) on the season with two home runs, and miraculously has more walks (three) than strikeouts (two). Look for Espinosa to continue getting the nod at third while Escobar is recovering, and as long as he keeps making contact he could be a useful short-term pickup.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 5 days ago

Espinosa got the start at second base on Monday, going 1-for-3 with a two-run home run.

It was his first long ball of the season. Espinosa's numbers so far aren't bad (2-for-7 with both hits going for extra bases, and just one strikeout) and with Dan Uggla struggling out of the gate, Espinosa could start to see more of the action at second base.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 7 days ago

Espinosa got the start at second base on Saturday, hitting eighth and going 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

It was his first action of the season, as Dan Uggla had gotten the previous four starts at second base. At this point, it looks like Espinosa is being considered only as a bench player, but if Uggla fails to add any offense to the Nationals' lineup, manager Matt Williams may elect to switch to Espinosa's more valuable glove at the keystone instead.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 4 weeks ago

Espinosa got a start at third base in Saturday's split-squad game against the Marlins, the Washington Post reports.

While this could be a sign that the Nats are worried Anthony Rendon (knee) won't be available for Opening Day, it could also be as simple as getting Espinosa better acclimated to his utility role this season. He's having a rough spring at the plate as he adapts to hitting exclusively from the right side, posting a .138/.219/.310 slash line with a 3:9 BB:K ratio in 29 at-bats.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 1 month ago

Espinosa went 1-for-2 on Tuesday with a double off Dan Haren.

It's his first hit of the spring off a right-handed pitcher,a potentially important first milestone as Espinosa tries to adjust to being nearly exclusively a right-handed hitter. He's still ticketed for a bench role, however, so even if the transition goes smoothly, his fantasy value will be limited.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 2 months ago

Although Espinosa is focused on learning to hit right-handed against right-handed pitching this spring, he won't completely abandon his swing from the left side, the Washington Post reports.Comments by Nationals manager Matt Williams suggest that Espinosa will only be hitting left-handed in an emergency situation, but this seems like a hedge by the organization in case Espinosa's efforts in righty-righty matchups prove to be even worse than the extremely poor results (a 532 OPS) he managed hitting left-handed last season. With Yunel Escobar brought in to be the starting second baseman anyway, Espinosa's not someone most fantasy owners need to worry about unless the righty-righty experiment goes very well this spring.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 2 months ago

Espinosa will hit exclusively from the right side during spring training, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports.His ongoing struggles while hitting left-handed, including a .183/.241/.291 slash line and hideous 39.0 K% in 249 PAs last season, had led to speculation that Espinosa would give up switch-hitting entirely, but this is the first confirmation that he's actually committing to the idea. The Nationals plan to give him extra work in minor league games during the spring to help him adjust to seeing breaking balls from righties as a right-handed batter. The acquisition of Yunel Escobar has Espinosa ticketed for the bench to begin the season, but if he can become a more reliable asset at the plate he could re-establish his potential as a starting infielder, either in Washington or elsewhere.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 3 months ago

Espinosa agreed to terms on a deal with the Nationals for the 2015 season to avoid arbitration.

The terms of Espinosa's deal weren't made known by the team, but he and the Nationals will avoid an arbitration hearing. The second baseman hit just .219/.283/.351 with eight home runs and 27 RBI in 2014, and will likely now have to compete with the recently-added Yunel Escobar for the starting spot at second base in 2015.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 4 months ago

Nationals manager Matt Williams said on Tuesday that while Espinosa won't completely give up switch-hitting during spring training, he will attempt to hit right-handed versus some right-handed pitchers to get a feel for the matchup, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports. "I worry about guys that have never done it, getting out of the way of a ball that's thrown up and in from a right-hander," Williams said. "Anybody that's hit righty-righty knows that the ball chases you... He's done it in batting practice, but that's a controlled situation. Once you get in a game it's a completely different deal."

Espinosa looked lost from the left side of the plate last season, slashing just .183/.241/.291, so a move to hitting right-handed exclusively could help improve his offensive performance. A lot would have to go Espinosa's way for him to have much fantasy value in 2015, but he could end up being a more useful bench player for the Nats if the experiment works out.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS 4 months ago

Espinosa was tendered a contract prior to Tuesday's deadline.

He could get another look as the starting second baseman if the Nationals don't acquire anyone else this offseason to replace Asdrubal Cabrera, but Espinosa's .219/.283/.351 line doesn't inspire much confidence if he does get the job. He'll likely head back to the bench and provide depth at both middle infield positions.