The Mets reassigned Espinosa to minor-league camp Sunday. Espinosa was a non-roster invitee in camp after signing a minor-league deal with the Mets in February, and his chances to make the Opening Day roster were always slim given the team's infield acquisitions this offseason. The 31-year-old didn't help himself this spring as he went 2-for-30 with one home run.
Espinosa signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Friday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training. Espinosa had stints with the Blue Jays, Dodgers and Phillies in 2018 but spent the entirety of the year with their Triple-A affiliates. The 31-year-old bounced around three teams in 2017 as well, slashing .173/.245/.278 in 295 major-league plate appearances. Espinosa should provide organizational infield depth given the revamping of the Mets' infield this offseason.
Espinosa was cut loose by Philadelphia on Wednesday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports. Espinosa spent the past six weeks at Triple-A Lehigh Valley after signing a minor-league deal with the club in late June. Across 31 games with the IronPigs, Espinosa slashed .200/.243/.352 with four home runs, 14 RBI and three stolen bases. He will look to latch on with another organization, but don't expect any value out of the 31-year-old infielder.
Espinosa agreed to a minor-league with the Phillies on Friday. Espinosa will join Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The veteran has been mostly a second baseman in his career, but he has a shot to earn some big-league playing time at third base or shortstop, as the Phillies' haven't gotten much production out of either spot this season. Espinosa isn't a good bet to produce much himself, though, having been last seen posting a .173/.245/.278 line in 93 games for three teams last season. He hasn't posted an above-average batting line since 2011 and has recorded a wRC+ above 80 just once since 2012.
Espinosa was released by the Dodgers on Wednesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Espinosa will hit the open market for the second time this season after hitting just .150/.203/.267 across 19 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He'll look to latch on elsewhere as organizational infield depth.