Espinosa, 29, entered the year with 4.113 days of service on his ledger. He agreed to a $2.875MM arbitration salary in his second (and second-to-last) season of arb eligibility.
The veteran has transitioned nicely in the field after spending most of his big league time at second. A natural shortstop with a big arm, Espinosa has returned to the position with Ian Desmond departing.
While he’s shown himself capable of playing at least an average shortstop, though, Espinosa’s bat has never quite returned to its former promise. He has made big strides in his walk (10.9%) and strikeout (20.7%) rates thus far in 2016, but that’s come at the expense of power (.091 ISO).
If he can combine that newfound plate discipline with some of his prior pop, Espinosa would look more like an everyday player. As things stand, though, the switch hitter is probably best suited to a utility role, and he may well end up in just such a spot when the club brings up top prospect Trea Turner.