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Report: Rays Rebuffed In Espinosa Talks

As the Rays’ decision makers comb through trade offers for David Price, and ponder various options for first base, they are continuing their search for an additional middle infielder. Aside from the trade rumors surrounding Seattle’s Nick Franklin and Brad Miller, and the reported in free agents Mark Ellis and Jamey Carroll, the club has had talks with the Nationals about Danny Espinosa, but were “rebuffed” according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.

Espinosa, 26, was Washington’s primary second baseman in 2011 and 2012. Ill fitting of the normal threads put upon middle infielders, he smashed 106 extra-base hits in those two years with a strikeout rate north of 25 percent. As a switch-hitter he is most effective as a right-handed hitter versus left-handed pitchers. Despite the atypical offensive profile, he was an above-average defender at the keystone position and maintained his defensive prowess as he shifted across the bag in part-time duty as a shortstop.

Things went horribily wrong in 2013. He chipped a bone in his right wrist in April and was unable to get it going at the plate. He spent time on this disabled list in June due to the injury and was left in the minors even after he was declared healthy. This is where he worked on shortening his swing and quickening his stride in an attempt to get his bat to the ball quicker and turn around his misfortunes at the plate.

With Ian Desmond at short, and Anthony Rendon taking his place at second, Espinosa is currently slated to be Washington’s utility infielder in 2014. Because of his past offensive success and defensive chops, it is easy to see why the Rays checked in on him as a “buy-low” candidate. It also adds to the notion that they are actively looking for depth up the middle.



One Comment

  1. BNSource wrote:

    Doesn’t bode well for Tim Beckham does it

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