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Danny Espinosa | Second Baseman | #8

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
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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Rays released INF Danny Espinosa.
2017 was a very disappointing season for the once-promising infielder, as he slashed a brutal .173/.245/.278 with six homers and 31 RBI in 295 plate appearances between the Angels, Mariners and Rays. He clubbed 24 home runs with the Nationals in 2016, so there's probably another club willing to take a chance on him, but his fantasy outlook for 2018 is bleak. Oct 7 - 8:23 AM

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Rays sent INF Danny Espinosa outright to Triple-A Durham.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for lefty reliever Xavier Cedeno, who has been activated off the 60-day disabled list. Espinosa has registered a brutal .173/.245/.278 batting line in 254 plate appearances this season between the Angels, Mariners, and Rays. He slugged a career-high 24 homers for the Nationals in 2016.
Sep 21 - 9:43 AM

Danny Espinosa laced three singles in three at-bats during a loss to the Red Sox on Saturday.

He got one hit for each position he played in today's game (second base, third base and shortstop). The veteran infielder flopped in stints with the Angels and Mariners earlier this season and has been perhaps the worst hitter in the majors. He really needed a strong game like the one today. Overall he has a .176/.250/.285 line with six home runs and 31 RBI in 285 plate appearances. He hit 24 homers last year, although they came with a .209 batting average in 157 games.
Sep 10 - 12:33 AM

Rays signed INF Danny Espinosa to a one-year contract.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times first reported the move and the Rays have now made it official. Espinosa has hit an ugly .164/.237/.279 in the majors this season, but he offers a good glove and provides infield protection with Brad Miller (shoulder) banged up.
Aug 25 - 1:23 PM

Mariners released INF Danny Espinosa.

The M's signed Espinosa last month after he was cut loose by the Angels, but he played very little the last few weeks and continued to be a zero with the bat. Espinosa can still pick it with the glove but sports an embarrassing .164/.237/.279 batting line this season.
Aug 20 - 10:23 AM

Mariners signed INF Danny Espinosa to a one-year contract.

Espinosa was released by the Angels earlier in the week. He hit a horrifying .162/.237/.276 with six homers and 29 RBI in 228 at-bats with the Halos but gives the M's a solid glove.
Jul 23 - 6:13 PM

Angels released 2B Danny Espinosa.

Espinosa cleared waivers after being designated for assignment on Sunday. The 30-year-old hasn't hit a lick this year, batting an ugly .162 with 91 strikeouts in 228 at-bats. He'll resurface at some point but will probably have to settle for a minor league deal.
Jul 20 - 5:13 PM

Angels designated 2B Danny Espinosa for assignment.

Espinosa has played his usual terrific defense this season, but it wasn't enough to make up for a hideous .162/.237/.276 batting line. The Angels appear poised to roll with Nick Franklin as their regular second baseman, with Cliff Pennington sprinkled in.
Jul 16 - 12:33 PM

Danny Espinosa is not in the Angels' lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

Nick Franklin will draw the start at second base and bat ninth against right-hander Sam Gaviglio. Espinosa has hit a pathetic .166 this year with just six homers in 217 at-bats. He's not worth owning in any format and is probably lucky to have a job in the big leagues with the way he's been hitting.
Jul 1 - 7:08 PM

Danny Espinosa went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI in the Angels' 11-4 win over the Tigers on Thursday.

It's the first time this year that Espinosa has had three hits in a nine-inning game (he did get a third hit in the 10th inning of a win April 11). His batting average jumped to .165, which is the highest it's been since the beginning of May. If he can just start hitting even .200 or so, he'll deserve to be the Angels' everyday second baseman; it's not like the team has any quality alternatives. He's been losing playing time because of his struggles.
Jun 8 - 5:04 PM

Danny Espinosa is not in Monday's lineup against the Rays.

Nolan Fontana will get the nod at second base in his major league debut. Espinosa went 1-for-3 with two walks on Sunday, but he's batting just .152/.242/.280 through 42 games this season.
May 22 - 3:24 PM

Danny Espinosa went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and three runs scored Wednesday against the White Sox.

The results still haven't really been there, but Espinosa is looking a lot better and hitting the ball harder in recent days. He's still batting a measly .152 for the season.
May 18 - 2:01 AM

Danny Espinosa is not in the Angels' lineup Saturday against the Astros.

Espinosa is sitting for the second time in four days. He's hitless in his last 25 at-bats and is batting a miserable .150 for the season. Cliff Pennington will draw the start at second base and bat seventh against Astros righty Lance McCullers.
May 6 - 5:01 PM

Danny Espinosa is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mariners.

Espinosa is in the midst of a brutal 0-for-19 slump, so consider this a clear-the-head kind of day for the 30-year-old infielder. Cliff Pennington will man second and is hitting eighth in his place in Wednesday's game.
May 3 - 6:48 PM

Danny Espinosa finished hitless in six at-bats with three strikeouts in Tuesday's win in Seattle.

Espinosa is slumping hard, going 2-for-38 over his past 11 outings to drop his average from a season-best .232 to .160 just since April 19. He cannot be trusted across any fantasy league until he re-discovers his power stroke.
May 3 - 3:01 AM

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