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Rays sign INF Danny Espinosa, option Daniel Robertson to AAA

Danny Espinosa has been released by both the Angels and Mariners this season.

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Danny Espinosa has been released by both the Angels and Mariners this season.

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UPDATE, 1:35: The Rays have now comfirmed the moves. Espinosa is expected to join them tonight in St. Louis. He also has some experience at first base and in leftfield.

DEVELOPING: The Rays are shuffling their infield depth today, signing veteran switch-hitter Danny Espinosa and sending rookie Daniel Robertson to Triple-A Durham, the Times has learned.

Espinosa, 30, has been released by both the Angels and Mariners this season, after hitting just a combined .164 with six homers, 31 RBIs and a .516 OPS. But he is a switch-hitter, which could give the Rays another option to struggling 2B Brad Miller, who left Thursday's game after being hit by a pitch.

Espinosa is considered a top notch defender capable of playing second, short and third.

He spent parts of the previous seven seasons with the Nationals, hitting a career-high homers last season.

Robertson is hitting .211 with five homers, 18 RBIs and a .642 OPS in occasional duty. He presumably will benefit from playing every day for Durham through the playoffs and then rejoin the Rays in September.

 

[Last modified: Friday, August 25, 2017 1:38pm]

    

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