Angels Trade For Super Utilityman Danny Espinosa

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Updated: December 10, 2016

An unhappy Danny Espinosa was moved to the utility role for the Nationals in their playoff run was traded to the Angels for  RHP Kyle McGowin a non-prospect and RHP Austin Adams who only showed average numbers in the minors.

Switch hitting Espinosa finally earned a starting job for the Nats, mainly known for his defensive skills, which is why Eppler pursued him. Batted .209 in the regular season, a hit-or-miss at the plate: slugging 24 homers(fourth-most among shortstops), but his strikeout rate was the second highest in the National League.

Eppler is building a better defense for the Angels assuming Espinosa will take helm at second base, having Trout, Simmons, and Espinosa will make it very hard for opposing teams to generate anything up the middle.

The main concern Halo fans have is will the Angels be able to put up crooked numbers. A healthy Angels lineup will be able to put on a show for fans, Espinosa is another tool they can use. The switch hitter posted a 1.7 FanGraphs WAR in 157 games. The 11th highest among National League shortstops. Its possible for move to second would allow Espinosa to focus on his bat, since he is not taking on the heavy load at short.

The Santa Ana native will return to OC, having a sense of nostalgia could give Espinosa the motivation he needs to put the swing together. He needs to secure his job throughout the season because he does become a free agent after this season and is eligible for arbitration.

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