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Danny Espinosa | Shortstop | #8

Team: Los Angeles Angels
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
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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

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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

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.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 10:09:00 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.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 03:57:00 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.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 11:11:00 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.
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 10:05:00 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.
Sun, Jul 3, 2016 06:44:00 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.
Fri, Jul 1, 2016 12:31:00 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.
Thu, Jun 9, 2016 12:05:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Martin Maldonado
2Carlos Perez
3Juan Graterol
4Tony Sanchez
1B1C.J. Cron
2B1Danny Espinosa
2Cliff Pennington
3Kaleb Cowart
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Yunel Escobar
2Jefry Marte
LF1Cameron Maybin
2Ben Revere
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Ryan LaMarre
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Garrett Richards
2Ricky Nolasco
3Matt Shoemaker
4Tyler Skaggs
5Jesse Chavez
6Nick Tropeano
7Andrew Heaney
8Alex Meyer
9Nate Smith
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Huston Street
2Cam Bedrosian
3J.C. Ramirez
4Andrew Bailey
5Deolis Guerra
6Brooks Pounders
7Jose Alvarez
8Mike Morin
9Kirby Yates
10Eduardo Paredes
11Keynan Middleton
12Justin Miller