The Dodgers have signed veteran middle infielder Danny Espinosa to a minor league deal, according to Alex Freedman, the communications director for their Triple-A team in Oklahoma City (Twitter link). Espinosa has already joined OKC, per Freedman.
Espinosa, who had been on the market since opting out of a minors pact with Toronto on April 30, could provide LA with some emergency infield depth. The 31-year-old’s primarily a second baseman, but he also offers extensive experience at shortstop, where the Dodgers will go without the great Corey Seager for the rest of the season. Seager underwent Tommy John surgery last month, forcing the Dodgers to move center fielder Chris Taylor to short to replace him. The injury-laden club has also been without second baseman Logan Forsythe and third baseman Justin Turner, though Espinosa hasn’t seen much action at the latter spot.
While Espinosa was a solid regular at times with the Nationals from 2010-16, a period in which he posted two seasons of at least 2.7 fWAR, his career went off the rails last year. The switch-hitter divided 2017 among three teams (the Angels, Mariners and Rays) and hit a paltry .173/.245/.278 (41 wRC+) with 109 strikeouts in 295 plate appearances. He wasn’t much better at the beginning of this season with the Jays’ Triple-A club, as he batted just .232/.271/.286 (51 wRC+) with 15 strikeouts in 60 PAs before exiting the organization.