Is it Time to End the Danny Espinosa Experiment?

Updated: May 8, 2017

The Los Angeles Angels gave it a good shot, but it’s time to make a move. Veteran second baseman Danny Espinosa has been borderline unbearable to watch in an Halos uniform this season. Is it time for the organization to end this relationship, and look for other options?

The 30-year-old Espinosa was traded to the Angels over the off-season because the Washington Nationals had a logjam of infielders. It looked like a steal for the Halos as they desperately needed some infield help, and Espinosa was coming off a career year offensively.

In Spring Training Espinosa struggled heavily, but the Angels didn’t think much of it. He got off to a decent start to begin the season, at least from a home run standpoint. His bat was benefiting the Angels, and then all of a sudden it stopped.

Espinosa entered Sunday in a 2-for-44 slump and was hitless in his last 25 at-bats. This season he’s hitting a team worst .147 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 31 games. The only player with a worse batting average is Carlos Perez, but he’s only played in a handful of games.

It’s time for the Angels to let go of Espinosa and look for other ways to fill second base. His bat isn’t going to heat up, and he’s leading the Halos in strikeouts with 39 this season. Espinosa is beginning to hurt the Angels more than help them, and it’s time to move on.

The organization could look to trade Espinosa, but it’ll be hard to find any team willing to take him. He’s owed $5.43 million this season, and the Angels would likely have to eat most of that money in any deal involving Espinosa. It could be time to designate him for assignment and look for a younger option aimed towards the future of the organization.

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