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Angels trade for Nationals’ Danny Espinosa, find their (most likely) new second baseman

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Kyle McGowin and Austin Adams going to Washington in return

MLB: NLDS-Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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:

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.

HOT STOVE!