Danny Espinosa 2B WAS 7 Hrs

Danny Espinosa smacked a solo homer in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.

It was Espinosa's first major league home run since last May 5. He had a chance to do some more damage later on, but flew out to center field with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Espinosa might not hit for a high batting average, but he should be useful in mixed fantasy leagues until Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) comes off the disabled list.

Danny Espinosa 2B WAS 5 Days

Danny Espinosa tripled in a run, doubled and scored twice against the Marlins on Monday.

Espinosa should be a decent mixed-league middle infield option while Ryan Zimmerman is out for the next 4-6 weeks. He's hitting .346 in 36 at-bats so far, and while that won't last, some more power should be on the way.

Danny Espinosa 2B WAS 11 Days

Danny Espinosa started at second base and went 1-for-4 in Tuesday's victory over the Marlins.

With Anthony Rendon starting at third base for the injured Ryan Zimmerman, Espinosa got the start at second base. Zimmerman will return to the lineup on Wednesday, however, which means Rendon returns to second base and Espinosa returns to the bench.

Danny Espinosa 2B WAS 28 Days

Danny Espinosa hit a pair of solo homers Saturday to lead the Nationals to a 6-5 win over the Marlins.

Adam LaRoche and Espinosa went back-to-back off Kevin Slowey in the seventh, and Espinosa went on to win the game with a homer off Chaz Roe in the ninth. The homers were Espinosa's first two of the spring. It's likely too late for him to get back into the mix for the starting job at second base, but he will have a spot as a utilityman.

Danny Espinosa 2B WAS 29 Days

Danny Espinosa went 0-for-3 on Friday, lowering his spring average to .184.

The Nationals keep talking up Espinosa and insist that they're not trading him, but Espinosa hasn't done anything on the field to back it up. He's yet to homer in 38 at-bats this spring, and he has just two doubles. He is playing fine defense, but that's about it. He hasn't made any sort of competition of the second base job that always figured to go to Anthony Rendon.

Danny Espinosa 2B WAS 2 Months

Danny Espinosa will see time at both middle infield spots this spring in preparation for a possible utility role.

Espinosa's main goal this spring is to win the second base job, but if he loses out to Anthony Rendon he could still make the club as a utility infielder. Espinosa had a forgettable 2013 season in which he batted .158/.193/.272, but the 26-year-old has been better at the plate in previous years. He'll need a strong spring to have any fantasy relevance this year.

Danny Espinosa 2B WAS 2 Months

Nationals manager Matt Williams declared Sunday that there will be an "open competition" between Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa for the team's starting second base job.

It's unlikely that Espinosa will be able to supplant Rendon, but did show off his offensive ability in 2011 and 2012 where he slashed .242/.319/.408 with 38 homers, 122 RBI and 37 stolen bases in 318 games. Espinosa will also see time at shortstop and third base during the spring, and could still make the squad in a utility role.

Danny Espinosa 2B WAS 2 Months

Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that "at least a dozen" teams have inquired on Danny Espinosa this offseason.

Plenty of clubs haven't looked to buy low on Espinosa after his disappointing 2013 campaign, but the Nationals don't appear to be selling. The 26-year-old will compete for the second base job in spring training but is expected to eventually slide into a utility role.

Danny Espinosa 2B WAS 3 Months

According to Andrew Simon of MLB.com, Danny Espinosa is in the best shape of his life and has been told he'll be given a chance to compete for the Nationals starting job at second base.

It's that time of the year again where fluff peices run rampant and every player in the league is in their finest physical condition ever. It sounds as if it's simply a motivational tactic to get Espinosa to perform, as he's unlikely to unseat Anthony Rendon as the Nats starter at second base. He could conceivably win a bench spot though, and as always his power and speed combination has NL-only and mixed league value should he come into regular at-bats.

Danny Espinosa 2B WAS 4 Months

Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports that the Nationals have "no intention" of trading Danny Espinosa.

The Nationals have draw interest in Espinosa, mostly notably from the Yankees, but they aren't interested in moving him with his value at its nadir. The 26-year-old really struggled while playing through injuries this past season, but he's expected to open 2014 as a utility infielder.