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Danny Espinosa | Second Baseman | #3

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Long Beach State
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Danny Espinosa doubled twice Wednesday in the loss to the Astros.
He had the Angels' only extra-base hits against Dallas Keuchel. With a .232 average and .683 OPS, Espinosa has sadly been one of the team's best hitters so far. HIs value is limited to AL-only leagues. Apr 19 - 11:55 PM

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Danny Espinosa finished 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in the Angels' loss to the Royals on Sunday.

Espinosa is now batting just .200 with a .629 OPS through 48 regular-season plate appearances, though he does have three home runs and 12 RBI. The 29-year-old infielder posted a career-high 24 home runs last season with the Nationals, though it came alongside a weak .684 OPS.
Apr 16 - 5:49 PM

Danny Espinosa went 3-for-5 with a homer in the Angels' 6-5 win over the Rangers on Tuesday.

Espinosa homered off Sam Dyson to open the three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth. The Angels won in the 10th on Carlos Perez's safety squeeze that scored Cameron Maybin. Espinosa doubled his hit total for the season in this one. He actually has more RBI (eight) than hits (six) through 28 at-bats.
Apr 12 - 2:19 AM

Danny Espinosa hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to lead the Angels to a 7-6 win over the A's on Tuesday.

Ryan Dull failed to bury his 0-2 slider, and Espinosa yanked the ball out of the park for his first hit in eight at-bats with the Angels. It is the home run ball that comprises most of what Espinosa has to offer offensively. He finished with 24 in a 2016 season in which he batted just .209 with 15 doubles and 174 strikeouts in 516 at-bats. He did walk 54 times, but 12 of those were intentional. His OBP figures to sink this year now that he's no longer hitting in front of the pitcher.
Apr 5 - 2:01 AM

Danny Espinosa went 1-for-3 and drove home a pair of runs as the Angels rolled to a 4-0 victory over the Mariners in Cactus League play on Friday.

His two-run double off M's starter Ariel Miranda in the second inning got the Angels on the board and was more than enough to stand up. Set to open the year as the Halo's starting second baseman, Espinosa is hitting just .229 with no homers, seven RBI and a pair of stolen bases this spring.
Mar 24 - 11:02 PM

Alex Meyer didn’t have his best stuff Wednesday in the Angels’ Cactus League loss to the Rangers, allowing five hits, five runs (four earned) and three walks over 2 1/3 innings.

He recorded two fly outs, one groundout and four strikeouts. The Rangers went to work right away, pounding Meyer for three runs in the opening frame. Meyer limited the damage to one run in the second but was lifted after creating another mess in the third. Meyer’s spring ERA shot up from 4.70 to 7.20 in the wake of Wednesday’s collapse. The 6’9" right-hander had an outside chance at winning a rotation spot earlier this spring, but now it looks like he’s probably destined for Triple-A.
Mar 22 - 8:30 PM

Danny Espinosa notched two hits and drove in a pair of runs Wednesday in the Angels’ Cactus League loss to the Rangers.

It’s still a little weird seeing Espinosa in an Angels uniform after so many years in Washington, but we’re slowly getting used to it. Espinosa ripped a two-run single in the first before adding another hit in the sixth. Wednesday’s outburst boosted Espinosa’s spring average from .195 to .222. Espinosa crushed a career-high 24 homers last year but also hit just .209 with 174 strikeouts.
Mar 22 - 8:27 PM

Angels and INF Danny Espinosa avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.425 million contract.

Espinosa made $2.9 million last year. This was his last go-around with the arbitration process and he will be a free agent next offseason. This seems like a lot of money for a career .226/.302/.388 hitter, but it makes more sense when you factor in his solid defense. The 29-year-old drilled 24 home runs for the Nationals in 2016, although his scary .209 batting average sapped much of his fantasy value. Espinosa was traded to the Angels a month ago and is expected to start at second base in the coming season.
Jan 12 - 9:14 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.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 10:22:00 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.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 10:02:00 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.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 09:15:00 PM

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.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 04:24:00 PM

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.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 07:16:00 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.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 05:30:00 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.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 07:59:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Martin Maldonado
2Juan Graterol
1B1Luis Valbuena
2C.J. Cron
2B1Danny Espinosa
2Cliff Pennington
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Yunel Escobar
2Jefry Marte
LF1Cameron Maybin
2Ben Revere
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
S1Garrett Richards
2Ricky Nolasco
3Matt Shoemaker
4Tyler Skaggs
5Jesse Chavez
6Nick Tropeano
7Andrew Heaney
Relief Pitcher
R1Cam Bedrosian
2Huston Street
3Andrew Bailey
4J.C. Ramirez
5Jose Alvarez
6Blake Parker
7Bud Norris
8Yusmeiro Petit
9Deolis Guerra
10David Hernandez
11Mike Morin
12Brooks Pounders