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Birth Date4-25-1987
Height6' 0"
Weight205 lbs
Age31 years, 9 months, 26 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
1.92015
2.52016
-0.92017
2018
0.52019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2010 WAS 23 28 112 22 4 1 6 9 30 0 0 2 .214 .277 .447 93 -0.8 1.6 0.1 0.4
2011 WAS 24 158 658 135 29 5 21 57 166 19 17 6 .236 .323 .414 96 -2.6 2.7 9.5 2.8
2012 WAS 25 160 658 147 37 2 17 46 189 13 20 6 .248 .315 .402 83 -13.0 -0.3 3.8 1.0
2013 WAS 26 44 167 25 9 0 3 4 47 3 1 0 .158 .193 .272 50 -9.1 -0.3 -0.5 -0.6
2014 WAS 27 114 364 73 14 3 8 18 122 12 8 1 .219 .283 .351 63 -14.5 -1.3 -0.4 -0.7
2015 WAS 28 118 412 88 21 1 13 33 106 6 5 2 .240 .311 .409 85 -5.5 3.1 9.0 1.9
2016 WAS 29 157 601 108 15 0 24 54 174 20 9 2 .209 .306 .378 86 -9.2 1.4 6.9 2.5
2017 ANA 30 77 254 37 8 0 6 19 91 4 3 5 .162 .237 .276 51 -14.8 -0.5 1.3 -0.7
2017 SEA 30 8 17 3 2 0 0 1 7 0 1 0 .188 .235 .313 52 -1.0 0.3 0.1 0.0
2017 TBA 30 8 24 6 0 0 0 1 11 1 0 0 .273 .333 .273 48 -1.5 -0.2 -0.5 -0.1
Career87232676441391298242943786424.221.297.37880-71.76.429.36.4

Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2008 VER A- 19 87 .256 .333 .379 .420 96 6.5 2.5 0.8 151 0 -0.1 1.0 2.6 0.7
2009 POT A+ 133 576 .255 .329 .385 .318 101 13.4 16.4 6.8 121 0 7.3 2.2 3.7 3.7
2010 WAS MLB 28 112 .257 .321 .398 .239 91 0.4 3.1 0 93 20 0.1 1.6 -0.8 0.4
2010 HAR AA 99 434 .261 .334 .402 .300 103 8.9 12.3 5.6 112 0 2.4 0.7 -2.5 1.9
2010 SYR AAA 24 108 .264 .328 .402 .338 103 1.4 3.3 1 97 0 -0.7 0.5 -1.6 0.2
2011 WAS MLB 158 658 .252 .313 .394 .292 97 4.4 17.7 -0.8 96 6 9.5 2.7 -2.6 2.8
2012 WAS MLB 160 658 .254 .317 .401 .333 101 -3.3 18.0 1.3 83 7 3.8 -0.3 -13.0 1.0
2013 WAS MLB 44 167 .247 .305 .390 .202 101 -13.2 4.4 -0.1 50 10 -0.5 -0.3 -9.1 -0.6
2013 SYR AAA 75 313 .261 .327 .392 .324 100 -16.8 9.0 1.8 47 0 -2.8 1.3 -21.5 -1.2
2014 WAS MLB 114 364 .247 .309 .377 .319 101 -9.2 9.4 0.1 63 11 -0.4 -1.3 -14.5 -0.7
2015 WAS MLB 118 412 .254 .317 .402 .299 98 1.5 11.1 -0.3 85 9 9.0 3.1 -5.5 1.9
2016 WAS MLB 157 601 .257 .321 .419 .261 92 -1.2 17.0 7.8 86 8 6.9 1.4 -9.2 2.5
2017 ANA MLB 77 254 .253 .323 .425 .233 101 -18.1 7.4 -0.3 51 9 1.3 -0.5 -14.8 -0.7
2017 SEA MLB 8 17 .254 .319 .416 .333 104 -1.3 0.5 0 52 9 0.1 0.3 -1.0 0.0
2017 TBA MLB 8 24 .237 .299 .373 .545 96 -1 0.7 0 48 9 -0.5 -0.2 -1.5 -0.1
2018 BUF AAA 13 60 .246 .312 .378 .317 94 -3.1 1.8 0.7 59 0 -1.7 -0.8 -3.2 -0.3
2018 LEH AAA 31 115 .263 .326 .406 .230 100 -5.5 3.4 1.3 60 0 -0.9 1.0 -6.1 -0.1
2018 OKL AAA 19 65 .255 .317 .401 .206 97 -7.2 1.9 0.8 19 0 2.6 0.2 -6.6 -0.1
2018 HER Wnt 32 143 .260 .334 .351 .308 107 6.3 2.1 1 134 3 0.0 0.6 5.5 0.9

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2008 VER A- 87 64 8 21 2 0 0 23 4 17 17 2 2 .328 .465 .359 .031 3 3
2009 POT A+ 576 474 90 125 31 4 18 218 72 74 129 29 11 .264 .371 .460 .196 10 10
2010 SYR AAA 108 95 14 28 2 1 4 44 15 8 22 5 3 .295 .349 .463 .168 2 2
2010 WAS MLB 112 103 16 22 4 1 6 46 15 9 30 0 2 .214 .277 .447 .233 0 0
2010 HAR AA 434 386 66 101 16 4 18 179 54 33 94 20 8 .262 .333 .464 .202 3 3
2011 WAS MLB 658 573 72 135 29 5 21 237 66 57 166 17 6 .236 .323 .414 .178 4 5
2012 WAS MLB 658 594 82 147 37 2 17 239 56 46 189 20 6 .248 .315 .402 .155 2 3
2013 WAS MLB 167 158 11 25 9 0 3 43 12 4 47 1 0 .158 .193 .272 .114 1 1
2013 SYR AAA 313 283 32 61 12 1 2 81 22 19 101 6 1 .216 .280 .286 .071 2 2
2014 WAS MLB 364 333 31 73 14 3 8 117 27 18 122 8 1 .219 .283 .351 .132 1
2015 WAS MLB 412 367 59 88 21 1 13 150 37 33 106 5 2 .240 .311 .409 .169 3 3
2016 WAS MLB 601 516 66 108 15 0 24 195 72 54 174 9 2 .209 .306 .378 .169 4 7
2017 SEA MLB 17 16 2 3 2 0 0 5 2 1 7 1 0 .188 .235 .313 .125 0 0
2017 TBA MLB 24 22 1 6 0 0 0 6 0 1 11 0 0 .273 .333 .273 .000 0 0
2017 ANA MLB 254 228 27 37 8 0 6 63 29 19 91 3 5 .162 .237 .276 .114 2 1
2018 BUF AAA 60 56 5 13 3 0 0 16 2 3 15 0 0 .232 .271 .286 .054 0 1
2018 LEH AAA 115 105 11 21 4 0 4 37 14 5 30 3 0 .200 .243 .352 .152 3 0
2018 HER Wnt 143 120 19 29 4 1 5 50 17 18 38 3 0 .242 .357 .417 .175 1 0
2018 OKL AAA 65 60 4 9 1 0 2 16 6 2 24 0 1 .150 .203 .267 .117 0 1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2010 431 0.5174 0.4756 0.6634 0.6726 0.2644 0.7267 0.4909 0.3366 0.0044
2011 2507 0.4803 0.4575 0.7193 0.6279 0.3001 0.7937 0.5754 0.2807 -0.0038
2012 2502 0.4476 0.5172 0.6739 0.6929 0.3748 0.7668 0.5347 0.3261 -0.0013
2013 563 0.4654 0.5453 0.6710 0.6985 0.4120 0.7432 0.5645 0.3290 0.0004
2014 1290 0.4705 0.5008 0.6316 0.6755 0.3455 0.7463 0.4322 0.3684 -0.0005
2015 1498 0.4746 0.5274 0.7089 0.7060 0.3659 0.7948 0.5590 0.2911 -0.0064
2016 2265 0.4583 0.4737 0.6598 0.6618 0.3146 0.7846 0.4378 0.3402 0.0000
2017 1089 0.4959 0.5106 0.5719 0.6981 0.3260 0.6658 0.3743 0.4281 0.0000
Career121450.46970.49550.67080.67350.33740.76540.50260.3292-0.0017

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-27 2014-04-27 DTD 0 0 - Knee Contusion HBP - -
2013-06-03 2013-06-19 15-DL 16 13 Right Wrist Recovery From Fracture - -
2013-04-15 2013-04-20 DTD 5 4 Right Wrist Fracture Bone Chip Caused By HBP - -
2013-01-26 2013-01-26 Off 0 0 Left Shoulder Strain Rotator Cuff Played All of Last Season - -
2012-09-17 2012-09-19 DTD 2 0 Left Shoulder Contusion - -
2012-05-23 2012-05-23 DTD 0 0 Right Contusion - -
2011-06-08 2011-06-08 DTD 0 0 Hand Contusion HBP -
2011-05-24 2011-05-24 DTD 0 0 Knee Contusion HBP -
2011-03-16 2011-03-19 Camp 3 0 Right Foot Contusion Foul Ball -
2010-11-24 2010-11-24 WIN 0 0 Right Wrist Surgery Hamate 2010-11-24
2010-04-10 2010-04-18 Minors 8 0 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2006-06-26 - Minors - - Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 NYN $
2018 PHI $
2017 ANA $5,425,000
2016 WAS $2,875,000
2015 WAS $1,800,000
2014 WAS $540,850
2013 WAS $526,250
2012 WAS $506,000
2011 WAS $415,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$12,088,100
7 yrTotal$12,088,100

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 106 dMVP Sports1 year (2019)

Details
  • 1 year (2019). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 2/8/19 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 1/29/18 (minor-league contract). Released by NY Yankees 3/12/18. Signed by Toronto as a free agent 3/17/18 (minor-league contract). Released by Toronto 4/30/18 (exercised right to opt out). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 5/6/18 (minor-league contract). Released by LA Dodgers 5/29/18. Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 6/23/18 (minor-league contract). Released by Philadelphia 8/18.
  • 1 year/$5.425M (2017). Acquired by LA Angels in trade from Washington 12/10/16. Signed by LA Angels 1/12/17 (avoided arbitration). DFA by LA Angels 7/16/17. Released by LA Angels 7/20/17. Signed by Seattle as a free agent 7/24/17. Released by Seattle 8/20/17. Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 8/25/17. DFA, sent outright to Triple-A by Tampa Bay 9/21/17.
  • 1 year/$2.875M (2016). Re-signed by Washington 1/15/16 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.8M (2015). Re-signed by Washington 1/15/15 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$540,850 (2014). Re-signed by Washington 2/23/14.
  • 1 year/$526,250 (2013). Re-signed by Washington 3/6/13.
  • 1 year/$0.506M (2012). Re-signed by Washington 3/2/12.
  • 1 year/$0.415M (2011). Re-signed by Washington 3/2/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by Washington 9/1/10.
  • Drafted by Washington 2008 (3-87) (Long Beach State). Signed 8/11/08, $0.525M signing bonus.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2016-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)I read today that stud prospect Trae Turner is starting in Center for Syracuse because the Nats are satisfied with Espinosa at short right now so they're taking a look at TT in center field------are they serious about keeping this kid down because a career .230 fill in player like Espinosa is playing OK???? Makes no sense to me at all------Turner is ready right now IMO and can be a .280 50 SB leadoff hitter for the next 10 years-----what are your thoughts??? Thx.
(misterbob from pa)
I think your opinion on Trea Turner is correct, he's a hell of a player that can contribute at the ML level right now. As to why the Nationals aren't moving Danny Espinosa off of SS for Turner is that they really are happy with the way Espinosa is playing. Turner will get some playing time in CF for them and it's an OK way to get him playing time. #freeturner (James Fisher)
2016-05-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)I didn't mean to make this a personal indictment. I know you can grow a beard. But a big bushy one? Have yet to see it. What look do you think Danny Espinosa prefers? I think facial hair and stats before/after joining the Yankees might be a worthy investigation.
(Becky from With The Good Hair)
I think so, Becks. I might have to look into that. Clearly, Chase Headley misses his beard. And Danny, I think he likes a normal beard. (Kenny Ducey)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Mike, Who is the better keeper in a dynasty league? Olt, Garin Cecchini or Espinosa?
(Chad from OKC)
Hi Chad;

Danny Espinosa? Of the three, I think I like Cecchini. Mike Olt should be solid, but I could see him being good and not great. Cecchini has the higher ceiling in my opinion. (Mike Gianella)
2013-04-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Can you think of any guys who are currently in the minors that have a good chance of coming up and making an impact in the majors this year? Also, when we get through the Super Two deadline, which prospects do you think will be called up?
(Marco from California)
Three names that immediately jump to mind, Marco: Nolan Arenado (3B, COL), Wil Myers (OF, TBR), and Anthony Rendon (INF, WSH). Arenado should be ready to take over at the hot corner for the Rockies in the near future. The Rays might not be able to keep Myers in the minors for much longer, unless their current position players turn things around at the plate. And with Danny Espinosa scuffling, the Nats could look for an internal upgrade at second base, which a healthy Rendon could provide. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)I inherited a team in a Dynasty: I need a 2B and a SS. Asdrubal Cabrera and Danny Espinosa are available(Espinosa has 2B and SS eligibility. However, I'm in the middle of a rebuilding and Oscar Taveras is available along with Gerrit Cole. I have 1st pick. Who would you go with? I am leaning Taveras.
(MerleDixon from PA)
Me too. (Paul Singman)
2012-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)What else is going on with the Rays? Are the negotiations with Washington for Michael Morse and Danny Espinosa for Jeremy Hellickson still a possibility?
(Steve G. from Athens, OH)
They were as of last night, Steve G., so I think that something along those lines remains a possibility. Talks might heat up if/when the Nationals find common ground with Adam LaRoche.

There are a bunch of questions about the Rays, namely Hellickson and Shields, in the queue, so I'll use this as a sort of catchall answer. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman wrote this morning that with Zack Greinke representing the only elite free agent starting pitcher, and with the bidding on Greinke reportedly sky-high, the Rays are increasingly tempted to cash in on one of their starters. I don't think Tampa Bay will move Price, but at this point, either Hellickson or Shields seems a good bet to go. If nothing comes to fruition with the Nats, another possibility might be a deal with the Twins for Josh Willingham, though it's not yet clear if Minnesota is inclined to move him. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Danny Espinosa isn't this bad, is he? Should the Nats send him down to AAA until he figures it out, or just stick with him? Or is he not much of a hitter .180/.280/.230 is what we should expect
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Probably not this bad (when someone asks if a player is "this bad" or "this good," the answer is almost always, "no, not this bad/good"), but I don't know if I see rainbows on the horizon, either, and Steve Lombardozzi is lurking. Espinosa has been swinging and missing too much, which he also did in the second half of last season. The problem might be partly one of approach: according to the WaPo's Adam Kilgore, Davey Johnson told Espinosa to "swing easy" this spring, and now he's telling him to be more aggressive. Maybe he's just confused, in which case he'll probably figure it out at some point. Espinosa is a good defender, so if he keeps his average comfortably over the Mendoza Line and hits homers at a good clip for a second-sacker, he'll be worth playing. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)What gives with Danny Espinosa?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
BUS-TED for asking the same question twice, and in less detail the second time. I'd be surprised if Charlie dares to show his face around Bethesda after this. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Danny Espinosa for real and can I win my league with him as my starting 2B all year?
(Brighid from Long Island, NY)
Sure, you can win your league with an empty 2B spot if you play your cards right, but I'd probably sell Espinosa while I can. He's not going to pace 30 HRs the rest of the year and the AVG isn't likely to get a whole lot better. He's not terrible, but you'd probably get more value via trade than keeping him. (Derek Carty)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa going to hit this year?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Espinosa yet, Desmond no. I think Espinosa is going to be one of those guys who quietly has a very good career. (John Perrotto)
2011-01-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking only in terms of offensive production, better career Danny Espinosa or Jason Kipnis?
(Socialist Joe from Somewhere in NY)
Kipnis. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Ian Desmond has the potential that the organization seems to think he has?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
The errors trouble me, the lack of selectivity troubles me, but as Christina pointed out in her aforementioned GM for a Day piece, putting Desmond and Danny Espinosa together up the middle seems like a no-brainer, a chance to have some above-average pop at those positions. As she said, they're not going to be Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell (Trammell for the Hall of Fame NOW!) but they don't need to be. (Steven Goldman)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the Ian Desmond - Danny Espinosa middle infield combo? It seems to me the Nats will have quite the infield for years to come, no matter who's on first
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Meh, they look stopgappy to me. Desmond seems competent enough but he's going to have to get that OBP above league average for me to be at all impressed; .320 with a 4/1 K/BB ratio doesn't cut it. And as I pointed out in last week's NL Hit List, Espinosa's translations for his minor league work come out to a .208 True Average. I think it's dangerous to get too excited about his hot start at the big league level - call it the Taylor Teagarden effect. (Jay Jaffe)


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