Has Danny Espinosa Played His Last Game With The Nationals?
Just last season, Danny Espinosa appeared to be one of the top, up and coming second baseman in the National League. Just 26 years old, the switch hitter displayed both power and speed and as a natural shortstop, outstanding defensive ability at second base.
Espinosa was chosen by the Nationals in the third round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft after three stellar seasons at Long Beach State. In his first two full seasons in Washington (2011-’12), Espinosa combined for 38 home runs and 37 stolen bases, while hitting slightly under .250.
Espinosa battled a shoulder injury last season, opting to try and rehab and play through it, rather than having surgery. The Nationals endured 44 games with Espinosa this season, before finally sending him to the minors with a .158 batting average. Espinosa’s play in Triple-A hasn’t been much better, hitting only .208, while striking out nearly 100 times in only 70 games.
Espinosa’s agent, Scott Boras still believes his client will have success at the Major League Level.
“The Danny that we all know has the Major League tools to play shortstop and second base in the big leagues,” Boras said. “Every park that I go into will ask me about Danny. They want to know what he is doing. So the guy has real value. The thing he has to go through is get an approach that will help him become very consistent [at the plate].”
With teams expanding rosters to 40 players on Saturday, the Nationals are uncertain Espinosa will be among those getting the call. Instead, the Nats are reportedly trying to trade Espinosa, but teams are wary due to his struggles at the plate and recent injury concerns. With Manager Dave Johnson (a big fan of Espinosa) retiring and the team underachieving this season, expect General Manager Mike Rizzo to tweak the roster. Unfortunately, Espinosa may not return wearing a curly W.
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