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Yankees sign Danny Espinosa to a minor league deal

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The New York Yankees signed infielder Danny Espinosa last night. It’s a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, so he’ll have to play his way onto the team.

That may be a pretty tall order given that Espinosa hit a mere .173/.245/.278 in 93 games for the Angels, Mariners and Rays last season. Still, Espinosa likely has a better chance of getting playing time with the Yankees than a lot of other teams given their current infield situation. At present Ronald Torreyes is penciled in at second base and third base is currently occupied by Miguel Andujar on the depth chart. Not that the Yankees are necessarily done making moves.

If the eight-year veteran does not make a good impression in spring training it may very well be his last major league spring training.

Rays acquire C.J. Cron from Angels

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The Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later, the teams announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Rays cleared a roster spot for Cron by designating outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment.

Cron wasn’t expected to factor prominently in the Angels’ plans for 2018, especially given the recent addition of pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani and the projected Luis Valbuena/Albert Pujols combo at first base. The 28-year-old infielder wasn’t overly impressive during his fourth season in Anaheim, either, slashing .248/.305/.437 with 16 home runs and 0.5 fWAR through 373 plate appearances in 2017. He’ll give the Rays a platoon option with fellow first baseman Brad Miller, though neither Cron nor Miller have looked particularly adept against left-handed pitching lately.

Dickerson, meanwhile, is coming off of a banner season with the Rays. The 29-year-old outfielder enjoyed his first All-Star nomination in 2017, rounding out the year with a .282/.325/.490 batting line and career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA. Some have already speculated that a trade is in the works; barring that, it’s a head-scratching move to make considering his clear offensive value to the team.