Early today, we learned that Danny Espinosa was unhappy with a newly diminished role in the Nationals’ lineup, and skipped out on Nationals Fanfest. Well, it appears that he made a smart move because hours after the report was filed regarding his unhappiness, Washington traded him to the Los Angeles Angels for two right handed pitchers.
After the Nats traded for Adam Eaton, and thereby allowing Trea Turner to take over at his natural position of shortstop, the lack of an infield position would have left Espinosa on the bench. The Angels, on the other hand, needed a second baseman to pair with Andrelton Simmons. The Nats’ didn’t need him, and the Angels did.
A lifetime .226/.302/.388 hitter, Espinosa is coming off a .209 season with a career-best 24 home runs in 601 plate appearances.