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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Angels Designate Danny Espinosa For Assignment | MLB Trade Rumors

Espinosa was acquired from the Nationals last offseason as a possible answer to their long-standing hole at second base, though 2017 has been a disastrous year for the 30-year-old.  Espinosa has hit just .162/.237/.276 over 254 plate appearances for Los Angeles, owning both the lowest wRC+ (40) and the sixth-highest strikeout rate (35.8%) of any player with at least 250 PA this season.

It’s almost hard to believe that offense is a problem for the Angels.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 16, 2017 at 03:56 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: angels, danny espinosa, second base holocaust

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   1. Colonel Samuel B. Sternwheeler Posted: July 16, 2017 at 04:44 PM (#5494418)
What took them so long?
   2. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: July 16, 2017 at 05:14 PM (#5494423)
What took them so long?

They have no other options and were hoping for a miracle?
   3. Bote Man Posted: July 16, 2017 at 07:37 PM (#5494456)
He needed to compile 91K versus 19BB to convince them. But at least he did it from both sides of the plate, so there's that.
   4. puck Posted: July 16, 2017 at 08:44 PM (#5494466)
There are some guys with impressive K%'s out there. Trevor Story is a smidgen ahead of Espinoza. Matt Davidson also has a low walk %, 110 K's to 13 BB's in 264 PA's. And of course, Joey Gallo. 1.8 WAR with the highest K% (38.6) of players w/250 PA or more.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: July 16, 2017 at 09:05 PM (#5494473)
He'd had a perfectly cromulent career prior to this year with 9 WAR and 0 WAA. That included 530 PA of below-replacement level in 2013-14 but for 2015-16 he had bounced back to average. He has always had a terrible K-rate -- he even led the NL with 189 in 2012, I wonder if a 2B has ever led the league -- and unimpressive walk rate but his defense was enough to make up for the offense. I wonder if there was an injury as he seems to have lost two steps with the defense down to average, baserunning pretty deep in the negative and he's no longer avoiding DPs.

Just an impression but there seem to be a number of these TTO-type hitters having atrocious BABIP seasons. He's had a 292 BABIP in the past, just 233 this year though this would not be the first "season" where his BABIP has stunk. That still wouldn't be nearly enough to save, it would only bring his OPS+ up to about 60. But in competition with Cliff Pennington (66 OPS+), Nolan Fontana (negative and back in the minors) and Nick Franklin (41 OPS+), he might still have a job. They might want to give the Braves a call about Brandon Phillips but Phillips will probably start putting up a 40 OPS+ on arrival.

Maybe they should just play in a permanent shift with Simmons and Escobar on the IF and Maybin as short fielder. :-)

Wow, the Angels have EYjr ... and he's doing reasonably well.
   6. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 16, 2017 at 09:27 PM (#5494480)
I wonder if a 2B has ever led the league

In addition to Espinosa, Juan Samuel did it four times (thanks to JH in DC for correcting me) and George Grantham twice while playing second base in the NL, and Delino DeShields and Ken Hubbs once each. In the AL, Red Shannon, Joe Gordon, Jake Wood, Mark Bellhorn, Marty McManus, and Tony Lazzeri each did it once.
   7. JH (in DC) Posted: July 16, 2017 at 09:28 PM (#5494481)
I wonder if a 2B has ever led the league

Play Index isn't great for Black Ink, but Mark Bellhorn in 2004, and Juan Samuel four times (!), among others.

EDIT: A Coke for being more comprehensive while I was trying to figure out Play Index posting here.
   8. Bote Man Posted: July 16, 2017 at 10:44 PM (#5494498)
I wonder if there was an injury as he seems to have lost two steps with the defense down to average, baserunning pretty deep in the negative and he's no longer avoiding DPs.

I can't speak to present time, but at the end of 2012 he tore up his shoulder and refused to get surgery* once it was known to Nats management. He recovered by I guess late 2014 and looked as "OK" as he ever did. That explains that dip, but not any recent drop in defense, which was his only real calling card at the MLB level.

* I messed up my right shoulder and had no choice but to let it heal naturally; I now have full range of motion in that arm, so it must be possible.
   9. Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: July 17, 2017 at 09:59 AM (#5494539)
I would assume someone would give him a shot, he's still a very good glove with some versatility. Plus his Value Over Replacement Moustache is very high.
   10. wjones Posted: July 17, 2017 at 03:57 PM (#5494822)
Wow. He turned into Dan Uggla II.

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