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Nationals “trying to trade” Danny Espinosa

Aug 28, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

Danny Espinosa, Allen Craig Reuters

Last week the Nationals indicated that they’re unlikely to call up Opening Day second baseman Danny Espinosa from the minors when rosters expand in September and now Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that they’re “trying to trade” him.

Espinosa hit .158 in 44 games for the Nationals to earn the demotion and is hitting .208 with two homers and an awful 97/18 K/BB ratio in 70 games at Triple-A. That’s enough to make any player fall out of favor with an organization and the fact that rookie Anthony Rendon is now locked in as the starting second baseman makes it even less likely that Espinosa is part of the Nationals’ long-term plans.

Of course, teams probably aren’t lining up for a guy who’s looked as lost as Espinosa this season and there are also questions about the health of his shoulder. He’s making the minimum salary this season, is cheap enough to keep around in a part-time role next year, and is under team control through at least 2016, but Espinosa is a major reclamation project.

  1. mississippimusicman - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    When MLB Trade Rumors picked up this story, their typo-tweet headline was “Nationals trying to Danny Espinosa” and there were some laughs had.

    “Teach me how to Danny Espinosa” – @cespedesBBQ

    “I accidentally Danny Espinosa. Is it safe?” – me

    “Everybody do the Danny Espinosa!” – half of twitter

    @MikeEffingRizzo: No one can Danny Espinosa except us. I will Danny whoever I want to. I’m going to go Danny ALR right now. There will be no trying.

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  2. misterj167 - Aug 28, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    I’m not impressed

  3. billgatesbarber - Aug 28, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Why they have not shut him down and taken care of the shoulder injury is baffling. An eye exam may be needed too.

    • David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      They can’t force him to get surgery. It was likely recommended to him and he decided against it. After he was sent to AAA, one would think he would get the message and get himself fixed up. But he refuses to do so.

      • dcfan4life - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:17 AM

        He knew his job was in jeopardy, shutting down ensured that. Now that he lost he job regardless if he isnt traded im sure he will get surgery as soon as the seasons over and try and make it as a utility player next year, which is fine cuz the nats need another quality guy to go with Lambardozi.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 28, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    He does not even get the whole “his-name-is-a-hyperlink-to-his-profile” treatment on this blog. He’s like the Rodney Dangerfield of the baseball community now.

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 28, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      In that case Rizzo should still use him in the next Dog Show.

    • Walk - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      He is not useless, he can always serve as a bad example. And I was just kidding. He has the talent to play in the majors he might actually be a good pickup for someone if he could recover from whatever is ailing him be it an injury or psychological. The nats might even be able to get a decent prospect for him.

  5. creek0512 - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    I am very much enjoying the humbling of the Nationals this season after all of their arrogance last year.

    • crabcakesfootball - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      Yeh because that whole epic collapse in the playoffs wasnt humbling at all. How dare they cheer during a good season.

  6. natstowngreg - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    At age 26. he seems too young to be a major reclamation project, but the numbers speak for themselves. He’s not even hitting for power, his one offensive asset.

    Yes, rehab if needed, but his real problem is in his head. Even Scott Boras acknowledges that (per James Wagner):
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2013/08/27/scott-boras-on-danny-espinosa-his-health-and-struggles/

    For a relatively low price, someone could pick up Espinosa and try to help him get his head together. His defensive ability at 2B and SS could get him an MLB job, if he could return to being acceptable offensively.

    • sumerduckman - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      For starters he could stop trying to hit from both sides of the plate. Pick one side, work on it and stay there. I vote for right.

    • baseballer28 - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      He sucks at playing the middle infield at a position that’s suppose to be defensively minded. As a nats fan you haven’t noticed this yet. I been at a game where the dude miss 2 routine grounders that were right at him. Just flat out missed them, and then a few innings later couldn’t handle a pop fly that he was camped under. Dude sucks at baseball, especially now that he doesn’t hit for power.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    With all of their questions on the middle infield heading into 2014, it would not be a terrible move to the Yankees to take a shot on him. He can’t cost much

  8. baseballer28 - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Not to mention he’s also a horrible defensive infielder.

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