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.
Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will promote middle infield prospect Carter Kieboom to the majors ahead of Friday’s game against the Padres. The Nationals are currently dealing with injuries to shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon, so the club hopes Kieboom can help the team tread water at the very least.
Kieboom, 21, was selected by the Nationals in the first round (28th overall) in the 2016 draft. MLB Pipeline currently rates him No. 2 in the Nationals’ system and No. 37 overall. Kieboom has played both second base and shortstop this season after exclusively playing shortstop previously in his professional career.
With Triple-A Fresno to start the 2019 season, Kieboom hit .379/.506/.636 with three homers, 18 RBI, and 14 runs scored in 83 plate appearances.