Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The case for Espinosa
By Doug Mittler
With Triple-A Syracuse ending its season on Monday, the Washington Nationals will welcome a crop of September call-ups in Philadelphia on Tuesday, but the list will not include second baseman Danny Espinosa.
Espinosa was the Nats’ Opening Day second baseman, but he struggled at the plate (.158) and was demoted to the minors in mid-June with Anthony Rendon soon becoming a regular at the position.
General manager Mike Rizzo informed Espinosa that he would not be a September call-up, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post begs to differ with the decision. Espinosa may have hit just .216 at Syracuse, but he remains an excellent option as a defensive replacement and the expanded rosters give the Nats the option of carrying the extra glove.
If Espinosa does not play in the majors this month, he will likely fall short of qualifying for salary arbitration as a Super Two player by a matter of days. But given his paltry offensive production, Kilgore correctly points out that the Nats would not be saving a lot of money.
Given all the money the Nats have poured into this season, it makes sense to have all hands on deck, even if the playoff odds are remote.