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Are the Nationals showcasing Danny Espinosa for a trade?

Jun 24, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Danny Espinosa was demoted to Triple-A last week after Anthony Rendon overtook him as the Nationals’ second baseman and now Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Espinosa is playing shortstop in the minors.

Espinosa was originally a shortstop before shifting to second base in the majors, but the Nationals have Ian Desmond entrenched as the starter there. So why would they be giving Espinosa time at shortstop?

Several “rival executives” told Kilgore they think it’s a way for the Nationals to showcase Espinosa for a potential trade, giving other teams a chance to evaluate him at multiple positions. First and foremost Espinosa needs to show that he’s healthy after hitting just .158 while playing through a shoulder injury, but if he’s fallen out of the Nationals’ long-term plans there are always plenty of teams in the market for shortstop help.

  1. natslady - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    No. Danny is the backup SS for Desi. Sad to say, he may be another Cezar Izturis, and you don’t get a lot for Cezar Izturis. Watch me be wrong and he gets traded tomorrow. ;)

  2. specialkindofstupid - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Considering through 40 at-bats in Syracuse Espinosa is hitting .125 with a whopping .350 OPS, it would appear the best way for the Nationals to showcase him for a trade is to stop playing him.

    • natslady - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Yep. Striking out 60% of the time. Everyone knows he can field.

  3. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    They offered him to many teams. Those teams were “not impressed”

  4. ivanoiurares40 - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Reblogged this on TheSlashDash.

  5. scdocal - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Espinosa is not impressed

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