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Santiago Espinal is one of those players who is much more useful to a real baseball manager than he is to a fantasy manager. Espinal offers John Schneider someone who can play three positions on the infield as well as a high-contact hitter for situational hitting opportunities as they are presented. Those things are not valued as much in fantasy where Espinal's lack of power and speed limit his production to what he can do with batting average. Life was good in 2021 when he was a surprising .311 hitter but that has faded each of the past two seasons as the BABIP luck dragons have stopped fighting for him and are now working against him. The dual position eligibility is helpful on AL-Only draft days in the end game, but there is no fantasy upside hiding in the weeds here.

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2024 211.4 2 5 6 3 .128
2023 1381.5 30 2 25 18 2 .248
2022 2782.1 51 7 51 36 6 .267
3y Avg. 191.51.8 38 4 31 25 5 .273
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  • Reds' Santiago Espinal: Covering second base

    Espinal started at second base and went 0-for-2 with a walk in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Angels. Espinal made a second consecutive start at second base, as Jonathan India (illness) was unavailable Sunday after being removed from Saturday's contest. Espinal is slashing .128/.234/.154 with five RBI, three steals and two runs scored over 15 games.
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  • Reds' Santiago Espinal: Starts at third base

    Espinal made a second consecutive start at third base in place of an unavailable Jeimer Candelario (illness) on Wednesday and went 0-for-3 in a 5-1 loss to the Mariners. Espinal is 0-for-6 in the two starts and hitless over his last eight at-bats. With a scheduled day off Thursday, Candelario could be ready to go Friday at home against the Angels.
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  • Reds' Santiago Espinal: Delivers three runs in win

    Espinal started at third base and went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Friday's 11-1 win over the White Sox. Espinal delivered one run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning then put the coda on the game with a two-run single in the ninth. He's typically in the lineup against left-handers but made his first start against a righty Friday, filling in for a slumping Jeimer Candelario. Both of Espinal's hits Friday were off lefties.
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  • Reds' Santiago Espinal: Starts at second base

    Espinal started at second base and went 1-for-3 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored in Monday's 10-8 win over Milwaukee. Espinal was inserted to the starting lineup after Jonathan India (leg) was scratched. Cincinnati manager David Bell does not view India's injury as significant. Espinal has started three of the last four games, with all of those coming against left-handers.
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  • Reds' Santiago Espinal: Starts at third base

    Espinal started at third base and went 0-for-3 with a walk and stolen base in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Mets. Jeimer Candelario served as the designated hitter after leaving Wednesday's game with a sore elbow. It's unclear if Candelario will be limited to DH duties, but if so, Espinal could fill in at third base. He's expected to slot in somewhere anytime the Reds are facing a left-hander. Espinal is 1-for-10 with two walks and two steals through four games (three starts).
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  • Reds' Santiago Espinal: Fills in at third base

    Espinal entered Wednesday's 4-1 win over Philadelphia after third baseman Jeimer Candelario (elbow) was removed from the game. Candelario felt elbow soreness during an eighth-inning at-bat and was replaced in the field by Espinal for the final inning. Candelario told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that he was feeling better following the game. He'll be checked out before Friday's game against the Mets, and pending that evaluation, Espinal could start at third base.
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  • Reds' Santiago Espinal: Shipped to Cincinnati

    The Blue Jays traded Espinal to the Reds on Wednesday in exchange for Chris McElvain. With Matt McLain (shoulder) set to miss the opening portion of the season and Noelvi Marte suspended 80 games, the Reds will bring in Espinal to give their infield a bit more depth heading into Opening Day. Espinal slashed .248/.310/.335 across 254 plate appearances last season with the Blue Jays, and he will likely serve as the main backup to Jonathan India at second base in Cincinnati. His versatility may net him a few starts across the infield.
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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Fighting for roster spot

    Espinal went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees. The 29-year-old infielder is batting only .200 (4-for-20) this spring, but that masks a strong performance at the plate that also includes a 5:2 BB:K. Unfortunately for Espinal, one of his main competitors for a utility spot, Ernie Clement, has been on fire in camp, going 10-for-25 with two homers and zero strikeouts. Given the defensive flexibility already provided by Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Cavan Biggio and Davis Schneider, there probably isn't room for two more bench infielders on the 26-man roster, so Espinal will likely have to begin his season at Triple-A Buffalo and wait for injuries to open up a spot for him in the majors.
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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Agrees to terms

    Espinal agreed to a one-year, $2.725 million deal with the Blue Jays on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. The 29-year-old utility player saw 20-plus games at second base and third base last season while playing 16 games at shortstop. His defensive versatility makes him more valuable in real life than in fantasy.
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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Returns to bench

    Espinal is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds. Espinal went 4-for-21 with three runs and two RBI while starting in each of the past six games, but he appears primed to see fewer opportunities moving forward while he transitions back into a utility role. Bo Bichette, Kevin Kiermaier, Matt Chapman and George Springer have all returned from recent injury-related absences, bringing the Toronto lineup back to full strength.
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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Nabs fourth straight start

    Espinal will start at third base and bat eighth in Wednesday's game against the Phillies. Espinal will stick in the lineup for the fourth game in a row, with each of his last three starts now coming at third base in place of the injured Matt Chapman (finger). Though he's held his own over the last three games with three hits, two RBI and two runs over 11 at-bats, Espinal will likely be headed back to a utility role in the near future, assuming Chapman is able to avoid a trip to the injured list.
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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Placed on 10-day IL

    Espinal was placed on the 10-day injured list by the Blue Jays on Monday with a right hamstring inflammation, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports. There had been hope Espinal would avoid the IL and the fact that the Jays are calling it inflammation and not a strain would seem to suggest they're just being extra cautious. Otto Lopez is up to take Espinal's roster spot.
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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: May not require injured list

    Espinal, who is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles with a hamstring injury, said he shouldn't need a trip to the injured list, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports. The 28-year-old exited Saturday's contest with a right hamstring issue, but it doesn't appear to be a serious injury. Even if available, Espinal isn't guaranteed to rejoin the starting nine within the next couple days since Toronto's position players are otherwise healthy.
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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Exits early Saturday

    Espinal exited Saturday's contest with the Orioles early with a right hamstring injury. He went 3-for-3 before leaving. Espinal was forced out of the game in the top of the eighth inning with right leg discomfort, which is now understood to be hamstring related. Whit Merrifield replaced him at second base and will bat eighth for the remainder of the contest. More information on Espinal's status will likely be provided after the game.
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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Back in lineup Wednesday

    Espinal (wrist) is starting at second base and batting ninth Wednesday versus the White Sox. After suffering a right wrist contusion Saturday when he was hit by a Gerrit Cole fastball, Espinal had been available off the bench for both of the Blue Jays' first two games this week against the White Sox but went unused. He'll now get the chance to re-enter the lineup, as Whit Merrifield will moves from the infield to left field while Kevin Kiermaier gets the afternoon off.
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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Available off bench

    Espinal (wrist) was available off the bench for the Blue Jays during Monday's win over the White Sox, MLB.com reports. Espinal had to exit Saturday's game versus the Yankees after being hit on the right wrist by a pitch, but tests came back negative and he's been cleared to play. The infielder is off to a 4-for-35 start at the plate this season.
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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Requires more testing

    Manager John Schneider said Espinal (wrist) will undergo additional medical testing Monday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Espinal had X-rays come back negative on his bruised right wrist after being hit by a pitch Saturday, but more medical testing is still necessary. The 28-year-old should still be considered day-to-day but seems unlikely to be available for Monday's series opener versus the White Sox.
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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: X-rays negative on wrist

    Espinal is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees, but X-rays on his bruised right wrist returned negative, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports. Espinal was fortunate to avoid any structural damage to his wrist after being hit by a pitch in Saturday's 3-2 loss, but he may be down for a day or two while he waits for the bruising to subside. The Blue Jays still have Cavan Biggio on hand as a utility infielder if Espinal isn't available off the bench.
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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Undergoing tests on wrist

    Espinal was diagnosed with a right wrist contusion after getting hit by a pitch Saturday against the Yankees and is undergoing further evaluation. The Gerrit Cole fastball forced Espinal to exit the game, and depending on the results of the tests, it could force him to miss some time. Cavan Biggio would be in line for an expanded role if that happens.
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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Exits after pitch hits hand

    Espinal left Saturday's game against the Yankees after getting hit on the right hand or wrist, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports. Espinal was struck by a Gerrit Cole fastball and left the game in obvious pain. Cavan Biggio replaced him as a pinch runner and could see more at-bats as Toronto's top utility infielder if Espinal is forced to miss time.
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