Well, how about that? After watching other teams get some new toys this week, now we get a new toy of our own: Danny Espinosa. Espinosa was the Nationals’ starting SS last season, where he belted 24 homers, but was bad in just about every other offensive category.
He did, however, have a nice glove, and therein lies the attraction for Billy Eppler. With the recent Adam Eaton trade, the Nats had to do some reshuffling, and Espinosa found himself in a utility role. That didn’t sit well with him, and he got quite miffed at the team, enough so that it hit the papers and blogs, and then you have yourself a problem.
So then the Nats traded the problem. Josh Norris had the scoop:
The trade was then confirmed by MLB’s own Jesse Sanchez:
The Angels then stepped in to give us the details:
Today the #Angels have acquired INF Danny Espinosa from the Washington Nationals in exchange for RHP Kyle McGowin and RHP Austin Adams.— Angels PR (@LAAngelsPR) December 11, 2016
McGowin was MLB.com’s 20th best prospect in the Angels organization, and Austin Adams didn’t make the list at all. Probably wont miss either of these guys, let’s get real.
Espinosa could provide some solid defense behind a good Angels groundball staff, and with a chip on his shoulder, maybe he can mash some more homers while also getting a healthy OBP.