According to Josh Norris, the Washington Nationals have traded Espinosa to the Los Angeles Angels.
— Josh Norris (@jnorris427) December 11, 2016
Los Angeles Angels Acquire Danny Espinosa
Within the last few hours the Nationals began their yearly Winterfest, where the players and fans interact with one another; however, Espinosa was absent from their festivities due to frustration in the team’s recent move for Eaton.
With Eaton aboard, the Nationals were bound to find a suitor for Espinosa, and his recent trade request made a deal plausible for both sides; however, it’s unknown what player the Angels will be getting.
Last year Espinosa hit just .209, but drove in over 70 runs, and hit 24 home runs. Also, just a few weeks before the All Star break, Espinosa went on a tear offensively, driving in seven runs in a single game, but also putting on a power display at the plate. After that, he tailed off, and went into a slump for most of the year. His fit on the Angels will also be something to monitor, as his role seems a bit unclear.
Throughout most of his career, Espinosa has been second baseman and, more recently, a shortstop, and he’s among the elite fielding shortstops in baseball. But his average has always been a red flag. He’s posted a .226 batting average over the course of his career. It’s also a bit odd that just a year ago, the Angels made a blockbuster move for Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, and now the team is looking at a deal for another shortstop. It appears their trust in Simmons has dissipated a bit; regardless, it will be interesting to see how he fares in his home come.