Embed from Getty ImagesIt was just two seasons ago when Danny Espinosa hit 24 home runs for the Washington Nationals. The downside was that his average sank to just .209 on the season. Since then, he’s bounced around and has shown nothing nearing the ability to hit that many home runs in the majors and has still struggled to keep his average at a respectable level.
Espinosa spent a little over three weeks in May with triple-a Oklahoma City in the Dodgers organization and was released on May 30th. A month earlier he had been released by the Blue Jays who had assigned him to triple-a Buffalo. He only wound up with Toronto after the Yankees released him in late March after signing him to a minor league deal during the offseason.
Espinosa’s signing is a response to the organization needing more veteran depth on the infield. Injuries to Pedro Florimon and J.P. Crawford have left the organization searching for other options should they need another veteran to fill a need at the major league level. Third base prospect Mitch Walding has been up with the Phillies twice this season but is in need of more development time at Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies haven’t immediately added him to the Lehigh Valley roster because he has 72 hours to report. It’s likely that he will be activated on Monday.