Danny Espinosa turned in a 24-homer, nine-steal campaign in 2016, but his career went south in a hurry upon leaving Washington. Even in that career year, he still was a well-below-average hitter as measured by wRC+ (79). Plus defense kept him on the field for 600-plus plate appearances, but his defense slipped in his age-30 season, as did his already-shaky plate skills (7.1 percent BB%, 36.9 percent K%). Espinosa posted just a .232 wOBA, the third-lowest mark among hitters with 250 plate appearances (only Tyler Saladino and Adam Engel were worse), and ended up bouncing around to three teams. He latched on with the Yankees on a minor-league deal in the offseason and will get a chance to compete for the primary job at second base this spring. If Espinosa were to somehow break camp, he would be merely a stopgap at the position, with top prospect Gleyber Torres waiting in the wings.
Espinosa signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays on Saturday that includes an invite to spring training, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports. Wilner expects Espinosa to make the big-league club out of camp as the 25th man, meaning Espinosa would act as insurance for Devon Travis, who has a lengthy injury history, and Troy Tulowitzki, who is already dealing with a heel injury that will sideline him for the start of the season. Espinosa hit .173 in 295 plate appearances last year and hit .209 in a full season in 2016, so while he has some power and is a quality defender, it is unlikely that he will hit for a high enough average to not be a net negative in most fantasy formats.
Espinosa was released by the Yankees on Monday, Jack Curry of YES Network reports. After the Yankees brought Neil Walker onto the team, Espinosa's presence on the roster was largely a redundancy. The 30-year-old was only 4-for-25 (.160) in 12 games for the Yankees this spring, so he wasn't exactly forcing the issue anyway. Espinosa has plenty of big-league experience to his name, so it wouldn't be too surprising to see him land with a different team on a minor-league deal.
Espinosa signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Monday which includes an invitation to spring training, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Espinosa will apparently get a chance to compete for the starting job at second base in camp, though given he couldn't hold a job with the Angels, Mariners or Rays in 2017, he seems like a long shot to crack the Yankees' Opening Day roster. The 30-year-old struggled mightily in 2017, hitting just .173/.245/.278 with a brutal 36.9 percent strikeout rate in 93 games split between three teams. Still, he's a serviceable defender up the middle of the infield, so a strong spring could earn him an Opening Day roster spot, though it would be unwise to expect much of a turnaround from Espinosa in 2018 if that's the case. He also likely wouldn't stick around once Gleyber Torres (elbow) is ready to take over as the team's starting second baseman.
Espinosa was outrighted from the Rays' 40-man roster Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Espinosa was recently designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for the impending return of Xavier Cedeno (forearm) from the 60-day DL. He appeared in just eight games during his brief time with the Rays, hitting a middling .273/.333/.273 with a poor 46 percent strikeout rate.
Espinosa was signed by the Rays prior to Friday's game against the Cardinals, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports. Espinosa will provide versatility in the infield for Tampa Bay as he can help out at several positions off the bench with his new club. The 30-year-old was recently released by the Mariners, and Tampa Bay marks his third different major-league home this season after beginning 2017 with the Angels. Espinosa has slashed .164/.237/.279 with six home runs and 31 RBI in 85 games this season.