Sunday, July 23, 2017

MLB news: #Mariners sign Espinosa to major league deal



          After being released by the Angels, the Seattle Mariners have signed middle infielder Danny Espinosa to a major league deal.

          With Jean Segura and Robinson Cano playing short and second, the Mariners have one of the top middle infields in the league. Espinosa can become a solid bench option going forward. He has experience at third and first, so he can share first base time with Danny Valencia, especially if Valencia needs rest.

           The Angels traded for Espinosa to be their starting second baseman, but things didn't go as planned. Espinosa, 30, struggled mightily in Los Angeles, with a .162 batting average, six homers, 29 RBIs and three steals in 254 Plate Appearances. In eight seasons for the Angels and Washington Nationals, Espinosa has a .221 batting average, 98 home runs, 314 RBIs and 63 stolen bases in 3226 Plate Appearances.

          It hasn't been announced yet, but it looks like U Taylor Motter will be optioned to Tacoma (AAA).

          Motter, 27, has a .204 batting average, seven homers, 23 RBIs and nine steals in 232 Plate Appearances. In his two year MLB career for the Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays, Motter has a .199 batting average, nine homers, 32 RBIs and those nine stolen bases in 325 Plate Appearances.

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