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Danny Espinosa | Shortstop | #8

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 206
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Long Beach State
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details
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Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that Danny Espinosa will play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.
Whether Espinosa is actually with the Nationals come the spring is another question entirely. Rizzo floated in early November that the 29-year-old shortstop is a potential trade candidate. While there hasn't been a ton of smoke on the actual trading front as of yet, a move here remains possible. In 516 at-bats last season, Espinosa hit just .209/.306/.378. He did clock a career-best 24 homers in that space, so it wasn't all awful. Dec 7 - 4:24 PM

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Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo hinted Tuesday that Danny Espinosa is a trade candidate.

"I could see him as utility player. I could see him as a player you could utilize in a trade context to get another piece that you need," Rizzo said. "There’s a lot of moving parts we can go, and a lot of different avenues we can attack." If the Nationals do trade Espinosa, they would almost certainly move Trea Turner from center field to shortstop.
Nov 8 - 7:16 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker has not considered benching Danny Espinosa.

"Well, who else do I have?" asked Baker. "I mean, you can give me somebody better, then I can play somebody instead of him." Espinosa struggled in September (.106 AVG with 40 strikeouts in 85 at-bats) and had another unimpressive showing in Game 1 (0-for-3 with three strikeouts). Trea Turner played shortstop in the minor leagues but has settled in as the Nationals' everyday center fielder. Despite the slump, Espinosa should be back in the lineup for Game 2 on Sunday.
Oct 8 - 5:30 PM

Danny Espinosa went 1-for-1 with a homer and two walks, drove in two runs and scored three times in a win over the Marlins on Sunday.

He hit a key two-run blast in the fifth inning. For the season he had a woeful .209 batting average but produced solid counting stats. He hit 24 home runs, drove in 72 runs and scored 66 times. He added nine steals as well.
Oct 2 - 7:59 PM

Danny Espinosa smashed a three-run homer in Monday's loss to the Marlins.

Wei-Yin Chen was cruising along until allowing a couple one-out singles and then a bomb to Espinosa in the fifth inning. It was a much-needed longball for Espinosa, who hadn't gone deep since September 4 and was in a 1-for-21 tailspin at the dish. His 22 homers represent a new career high.
Sep 19 - 10:09 PM

Danny Espinosa is away from the Nationals after travelling back home to California for the birth of his son.

It's possible he'll be back at some point during Friday's game, but he's not in the lineup. Stephen Drew is filling in at shortstop.
Sep 16 - 3:57 PM

Danny Espinosa clubbed his 21st home run of the season as the Nationals fell to the Mets on Sunday night in New York.

Espinosa's mammoth solo shot off of Mets starter Seth Lugo in the second inning would be the only offense that the Nationals could muster in the ballgame. He finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting .221/.320/.396 with 21 long balls, 63 RBI and eight stolen bases on the season.
Sep 4 - 11:11 PM

Danny Espinosa belted a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Orioles.

Espinosa took Mychal Givens deep in the seventh inning with an opposite field shot that cut the Orioles' lead to one. Unfortunately for the Nationals, that's as close as they would get. It was Espinosa's first longball since a two-homer game back on July 3, as he's predictably fallen off at the plate after his monster June.
Aug 22 - 10:05 PM

Danny Espinosa hit a pair of home runs -- including a grand slam -- in Sunday's 12-1 win over the Reds.

Espinosa launched a grand slam off Reds starter John Lamb in the fourth inning, but that was far from his only damage on the afternoon. He would also add an RBI single in the fifth inning before polishing off his lovely performance with a modest solo homer in the seventh inning. He finished the game 4-for-5 with a healthy six RBI. For the season, the 29-year-old shortstop is slashing .241/.341/.479 with 18 homers and 49 RBI across 261 at-bats. Espinosa's career-high for home runs is 21 (2011). Given the sizzling bat he is currently swinging, he could theoretically match that mark before the All-Star Break, though it would take a week like the one he just put forth. Espinosa has homered five times in his last four games, with two multi-homer games in that mix.
Jul 3 - 6:44 PM

Danny Espinosa led the charge with two home runs and seven RBI as the Nationals routed the Reds 13-4 on Thursday.

Espinosa made his two hits count, cranking a grand slam off Reds starter Brandon Finnegan in the third inning before launching a three-run blast a frame later. It was a strong finish to what was an impressive month for the 29-year-old, as he closes June with nine homers, 21 RBI and 21 runs scored in the month. Espinosa is doing everything he can to keep Trea Turner in the minors for another day.
Jul 1 - 12:31 AM

Danny Espinosa went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three runs scored Wednesday against the White Sox.

It's his first two-hit game since May 19 and his first three-hit game of the year. Everyone wants Trea Turner at shortstop for the Nationals, but Espinosa has his OPS up to .672 now. Combined with his plus defense, that's decent enough to make him a solid regular.
Jun 9 - 12:05 AM

Danny Espinosa socked a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Cardinals.

Espinosa has now homered in back-to-back games. It’s nice to see him finally pick things up, but it’s likely just a matter of time before top prospect Trea Turner takes over at shortstop. Even with the power over the past two days, Espinosa is batting just .203/.299/.320 over 48 games. Fortunately, he has provided value with his defense.
May 27 - 9:56 PM

Danny Espinosa hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to lead the Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

Espinosa's homer off Mike Leake broke a 1-1 tie and ended up being the difference. He finished 1-for-3 in the game. Despite Thursday's contribution, the 29-year-old is hitting just .201/.301/.302 in 47 games and appears to be keeping the seat warm for Trea Turner, who could be called up in a matter of weeks.
May 26 - 10:02 PM

Danny Espinosa went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday’s win over the Cardinals.

After Jayson Werth gave the Nationals the lead in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly, Espinosa followed by taking Mike Leake deep for his first home run of the season. It was nice to see, but he’ll need to do more to silence those clamoring for top prospect Trea Turner. Espinosa is batting just .194/.320/.258 through 22 games this season.
Apr 30 - 12:15 AM

Danny Espinosa went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Thursday’s loss to the Phillies.

Espinosa is now batting .172/.310/.190 overall. Meanwhile, top prospect shortstop Trea Turner entered Thursday’s action with a .357/.430/.529 batting line over 18 games with Triple-A Syracuse. Just saying.
Apr 28 - 9:25 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Jose Lobaton
3Pedro Severino
4Raudy Read
5Spencer Kieboom
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
3Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
3Corban Joseph
SS1Trea Turner
2Danny Espinosa
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Matt Skole
3Brandon Snyder
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Adam Eaton
2Michael Taylor
3Brian Goodwin
4Rafael Bautista
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
6A.J. Cole
7Austin Voth
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Kelley
2Blake Treinen
3Oliver Perez
4Sammy Solis
5Koda Glover
6Trevor Gott
7Rafael Martin
8Matt Grace
9Jimmy Cordero
10Derek Eitel
11Braulio Lara
12Dustin Antolin