Toronto Blue Jays: Who is Danny Espinosa?

DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Danny Espinosa
DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Danny Espinosa /

We tell you everything you need to know about veteran Danny Espinosa, who the Toronto Blue Jays have signed to a minor-league deal.

As reported by Sportsnet‘s Steven Loung, the Toronto Blue Jays have signed Danny Espinosa to a minor-league contract. It comes with an invitation to major league spring training.

Espinosa has already appeared in 12 games during spring training this year, with the New York Yankees. However, the Bronx Bombers released him on Mar. 12, setting the stage for the Blue Jays to sign the veteran on Saturday.

Arguably the 30-year-old’s main asset is his ability as a switch hitter. He is best known for being a second baseman, but has experience at third base and short stop, while also being capable of playing in the outfield.

Espinosa was pretty uninspiring last year, as he batted just .173 in 295 plate appearances. He saw time with the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays, hitting a total of six home runs and 31 RBI in 93 total games.

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However, the 2008 third round draft pick is worth the gamble, considering he had his most productive season with the bat just a year earlier. As the everyday shortstop for the Washington Nationals, he set career highs with 24 homers and 72 RBI.

The chances of Espinosa making the opening day roster will be tough. However, he at least has a chance, especially with Troy Tulowitzki‘s right heel injury.

The Santa Ana native played his college ball at California State University in Long Beach. The highlight of his three-year career was being named the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year in 2006.

In other news from Saturday, the Blue Jays also claimed Sam Moll off waivers from the Mariners. The lefty will now compete for a role in the bullpen.

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