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Danny Espinosa | Second Baseman

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 204
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Danny Espinosa tripled in a run, doubled and scored twice against the Marlins on Monday.
Espinosa should be a decent mixed-league middle infield option while Ryan Zimmerman is out for the next 4-6 weeks. He's hitting .346 in 36 at-bats so far, and while that won't last, some more power should be on the way. Apr 14 - 11:06 PM

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Danny Espinosa started at second base and went 1-for-4 in Tuesday's victory over the Marlins.

With Anthony Rendon starting at third base for the injured Ryan Zimmerman, Espinosa got the start at second base. Zimmerman will return to the lineup on Wednesday, however, which means Rendon returns to second base and Espinosa returns to the bench.
Apr 8 - 10:27 PM

Danny Espinosa hit a pair of solo homers Saturday to lead the Nationals to a 6-5 win over the Marlins.

Adam LaRoche and Espinosa went back-to-back off Kevin Slowey in the seventh, and Espinosa went on to win the game with a homer off Chaz Roe in the ninth. The homers were Espinosa's first two of the spring. It's likely too late for him to get back into the mix for the starting job at second base, but he will have a spot as a utilityman.
Mar 22 - 5:24 PM

Danny Espinosa went 0-for-3 on Friday, lowering his spring average to .184.

The Nationals keep talking up Espinosa and insist that they're not trading him, but Espinosa hasn't done anything on the field to back it up. He's yet to homer in 38 at-bats this spring, and he has just two doubles. He is playing fine defense, but that's about it. He hasn't made any sort of competition of the second base job that always figured to go to Anthony Rendon.
Mar 21 - 4:11 PM

Danny Espinosa will see time at both middle infield spots this spring in preparation for a possible utility role.

Espinosa's main goal this spring is to win the second base job, but if he loses out to Anthony Rendon he could still make the club as a utility infielder. Espinosa had a forgettable 2013 season in which he batted .158/.193/.272, but the 26-year-old has been better at the plate in previous years. He'll need a strong spring to have any fantasy relevance this year.
Mar 1 - 4:56 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams declared Sunday that there will be an "open competition" between Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa for the team's starting second base job.

It's unlikely that Espinosa will be able to supplant Rendon, but did show off his offensive ability in 2011 and 2012 where he slashed .242/.319/.408 with 38 homers, 122 RBI and 37 stolen bases in 318 games. Espinosa will also see time at shortstop and third base during the spring, and could still make the squad in a utility role.
Feb 16 - 6:54 PM

Bill Ladson of reports that "at least a dozen" teams have inquired on Danny Espinosa this offseason.

Plenty of clubs haven't looked to buy low on Espinosa after his disappointing 2013 campaign, but the Nationals don't appear to be selling. The 26-year-old will compete for the second base job in spring training but is expected to eventually slide into a utility role.
Feb 6 - 10:15 PM

According to Andrew Simon of, Danny Espinosa is in the best shape of his life and has been told he'll be given a chance to compete for the Nationals starting job at second base.

It's that time of the year again where fluff pieces run rampant and every player in the league is in their finest physical condition ever. It sounds as if it's simply a motivational tactic to get Espinosa to perform, as he's unlikely to unseat Anthony Rendon as the Nats starter at second base. He could conceivably win a bench spot though, and as always his power and speed combination has NL-only and mixed league value should he come into regular at-bats.
Jan 25 - 2:08 PM

Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports that the Nationals have "no intention" of trading Danny Espinosa.

The Nationals have draw interest in Espinosa, mostly notably from the Yankees, but they aren't interested in moving him with his value at its nadir. The 26-year-old really struggled while playing through injuries this past season, but he's expected to open 2014 as a utility infielder.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 01:59:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that while the Nationals have received interest in infielder Danny Espinosa, especially from the Yankees, they remain reluctant to trade him.

With Anthony Rendon at second base and Ian Desmond at shortstop, Espinosa is relegated to a utility role in 2014. The 26-year-old struggled last season after being hit in the wrist with a pitch in April and was eventually demoted to the minors, but he figures to be a buy-low target.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 12:11:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Nationals are shopping infielder Danny Espinosa.

Espinosa struggled through injuries this past season, both in the majors and the minors. While his plate discipline is unlikely to improve, he could make for a decent buy-low opportunity. Anthony Rendon has emerged as the starting second baseman, so Espinosa will likely function as a utility infielder if he remains in Washington.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 05:17:00 PM

According to Bill Ladson of, the Nationals will give Danny Espinosa an opportunity to make the team as a reserve infielder in 2014.

After a breakout season in 2012 where he swatted 21 homers, Espinosa's poor plate discipline and free-swinging ways got the best of him in 2013, where he slashed a horrendous .158/.193/.272 with three homers, 12 RBI and a 47/4 K/BB ratio in 44 games before being demoted to Triple-A. While he's an excellent defender, unless he improves his approach and cuts down on the strikeouts, he's unlikely to help the Nationals or fantasy owners.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 09:54:00 PM

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said this week that Danny Espinosa should be healthy at the start of 2014.

Espinosa tried to play through a torn rotator cuff in 2013 and experienced disastrous results, batting just .158/.193/.272 in 44 major league games and spending most of the summer at Triple-A. The expectation is that he'll bounce back to some degree next season. "Espinosa is checked out," said Rizzo. "His shoulder is healthy and he’s ready to commence his baseball activities to get ready for spring training."
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 09:31:00 AM

The Nationals elected not to promote Danny Espinosa when rosters expanded because they didn't want him to sit on the bench.

"I know he's got a lot of talent," Nats manager Davey Johnson said. "It would be nice to put him in to pinch-run and occasionally pinch-hit and provide some defense. He could do that. But it's so far down his role, that would be such a lesser role than what I've always envisioned for him while he's been here. So he could be more mad at me, because I did not want him here and not have him in the lineup. It's that simple." Actually it's not. What it is is a convenient excuse that doesn't hold up under scrutiny. Triple-A Syracuse's season is over, so Johnson apparently thinks baseball fans will believe that it's more productive for a player to sit at home than on a big league bench. Washington has soured on Espinosa past any reasonable demarcation point. They will shop him heavily over the winter.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 01:33:00 PM

Bill Ladson of was told by a source that the Nationals are trying to trade Danny Espinosa.

The source also believes that Espinosa will not play another game for the Nationals this season. The 26-year-old struggled through wrist and shoulder injuries with the big club earlier this year and is hitting just .208/.271/.283 with two homers and 97 strikeouts through 292 plate appearances in Triple-A. Still, someone could take a chance and buy low. The 26-year-old will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 01:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Sandy Leon
1B1Adam LaRoche
2Kevin Frandsen
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
3Jeff Kobernus
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Zach Walters
LF1Bryce Harper
2Tyler Moore
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
3Steven Souza
Starting Pitcher
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
6Taylor Jordan
Relief Pitcher
R1Rafael Soriano
2Tyler Clippard
3Drew Storen
4Craig Stammen
5Jerry Blevins
6Ross Detwiler
7Blake Treinen
8Erik Davis
9Ross Ohlendorf