Danny Espinosa lost his starting second base job to Anthony Rendon this past season and now he could be on the move. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Nationals are listening to offers on the 26-year-old infielder.
Espinosa attempted to play through wrist and shoulder injuries in 2013 while batting just .158/.193/.272 with three home runs and a ghastly 47/4 K/BB ratio through 44 games at the major league level. His struggles continued following a demotion to Triple-A Syracuse in June and the Nationals decided against bringing him back as a September call-up.
The Nationals traded Steve Lombardozzi to the Tigers in the Doug Fister deal last week, so Espinosa is currently projected to fill his utility infielder role. Of course, things could change if someone comes along with the right offer. While Espinosa has obvious issues with plate discipline, he doesn’t turn 27 until April and offers defensive versatility along with pop and speed. He could be a buy-low target for someone.
MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports that Astros first baseman Jonathan Singleton has been suspended 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. Minor league pitcher Dean Deetz has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Dehydroclormethyltestosterone.
Singleton, 26, has had issues with marijuana in the past and opened up about his addiction several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself.” He added, “I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”
Singleton hasn’t played in the majors since 2015. Last season, after going all the way back to Double-A Corpus Christi, he hit .205/.376/.397 with 18 home runs and 62 RBI in 500 plate appearances.
Deetz, 24, was selected by the Astros in the 11th round of the 2014 draft. Between Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno last season, the right-hander posted a 4.25 ERA with a 97/50 K/BB ratio in 84 2/3 innings of work. He denies knowingly using a PED, per ESPN’s Keith Law.