Espino has been named to the Nationals' 60-man player pool, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports. The 33-year-old's only big-league experience came back in 2017 for the Brewers and Rangers, and since then he's bounced around Triple-A, posting a 5.65 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 93:24 K:BB in 92.1 innings for Fresno last season. Espino will provide emergency pitching depth for the Nats during the abbreviated 2020 campaign.
Espino inked a minor-league deal with the Brewers on Wednesday. Espino was released by Texas on April 21 after appearing in three games for the Rangers' Triple-A club. In those outings, he allowed 10 earned runs over just six innings of relief and wasn't able to find any sort of groove on the mound. The 31-year-old spent some time with Milwaukee last season, but he largely failed to impress. Expect Espino to remain at the Triple-A level for the foreseeable future barring a stream of injuries to the Brewers' relievers.
Espino was released from Triple-A Round Rock by the Rangers, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Jettisoning Espino cleared a roster spot for the recently acquired Tony Sanchez. The 31-year-old Espino had given up 10 runs on 10 hits and four walks over six innings for Frisco.
Espino agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training with Texas on Thursday. Espino finished the 2017 season with the Rangers after being dealt from Milwaukee in late August for cash considerations. He wound up seeing a little bit of action in September, which brought his cumulative ERA to 6.00 with a 1.37 WHIP in 24 innings between both clubs. Although he was recently cast off the 40-man roster in October, Espino cleared waivers and decided to return to the Rangers on a minor-league deal. He will likely begin the 2018 season with Triple-A Round Rock while providing organizational depth for the bullpen.
Espino cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday. In his first taste of the majors, Espino compiled a 6.00 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 24 innings with the Brewers and Rangers. He made a pair of spot starts but was primarily used to eat innings out of the bullpen.
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