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Nationals acquired RHP Kyle McGowin and RHP Austin Adams from the Angels for INF Danny Espinosa.

The 25-year-old McGowin reached Triple-A for the first time this year and struggled, putting up a 6-12 record with a 6.11 ERA in 116 1/3 innings spread over 22 starts. The Pacific Coast League is a tough place to pitch due to small ballparks at high elevations, so that explains some of his difficulties but definitely not all. He struck out 98 batters while walking 46 -- a ratio that needs improvement if he is going to make the grade in the major leagues. He'll likely continue to start in the minors for now, but the bullpen is likely his best avenue to the majors.
Dec 10 - 10:44 PM

Nationals acquired RHP Austin Adams and RHP Kyle McGowin from the Angels for INF Danny Espinosa.

The 25-year-old Adams is a right-handed reliever with an enticing strikeout repertoire and very little control over it. He registered a nice 3.05 ERA and punched out 61 batters in 41 1/3 innings this year at Double-A but issued 24 free passes. He is likely to begin the season in the high minors but could get a call to the majors fairly quickly if he can keep the walks within reason.
Dec 10 - 10:33 PM

Angels acquired INF Danny Espinosa from the Nationals for RHP Austin Adams and RHP Kyle McGowin.

Both teams have confirmed the trade. Espinosa is expected to be the starting second baseman for the Angels, replacing Cliff Pennington atop the depth chart. Espinosa broke out with 24 home runs this season but the new-found power came with a dismal .209 batting average. He is a plus defender and should combine with Andrelton Simmons for an elite double-play combo. The trade salvages Espinosa's fantasy value. He was looking at a utility role if he stayed in Washington but should be an everyday player in Anaheim. Despite the low batting average, he does enough of everything else to be considered a decent but not ideal starting option at second base for fantasy purposes.
Dec 10 - 10:22 PM

Josh Norris of Baseball America reports the Angels have acquired infielder Danny Espinosa from the Nationals for two prospects.

No word yet on which prospects the Angels gave up. Espinosa was disgruntled about losing his starting shortstop role to Trea Turner following the Adam Eaton trade. Espinosa expressed his displeasure by skipping the Nationals Winterfest fan convention this weekend. He hit .209/.306/.378 with 24 home runs, 66 runs scored, 72 RBI and nine stolen bases this year. The Angels have Andrelton Simmons entrenched at shortstop, but Espinosa will immediately jump ahead of Cliff Pennington on the depth chart at second base.
Dec 10 - 10:02 PM

Danny Espinosa didn't show up for the Nationals' Winterfest fan convention this weekend, perhaps in protest of being demoted to a bench player.

Espinosa lost his role as the Nationals' starting shortstop after the team's recent acquisition of centerfielder Adam Eaton, which freed up rookie sensation Trea Turner to take over at shortstop. Espinosa hit an impressive 24 home runs this season with 72 RBI and 66 runs scored, but his .209 batting average was too painful for fantasy owners to insert him in their lineups. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has said he sees Espinosa as either a utility player or a trade chip. Perhaps Espinosa's Winterfest protest was designed to convince the front office to trade him to a team where he would have a better chance to start.
Dec 10 - 9:15 PM
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