The Nationals have not decided if they will call up second baseman Danny Espinosa on Sunday, when rosters can expand. A baseball source familiar with Espinosa believes he will not play another big league game this year.
The person pointed out that Espinosa has 96 strikeouts in 287 at-bats for Triple-A Syracuse. Those numbers don't help the Nationals, who are trying to trade Espinosa, according to the source. Espinosa also has a .208 batting average for Syracuse entering Tuesday's action.
Scott Boras, Espinosa's agent, said that the second baseman has dealt with a thumb injury for a couple of weeks at Syracuse. Boras also mentioned that there has been a lot interest in Espinosa.
Espinosa has 20-home run, 20-stolen base potential in addition to providing very good defense at second base and shortstop. Although he has dealt with strikeout issues in the past, Espinosa posted a .242/.319/.408 with 38 home runs with 37 steals in '11-'12. Return on Espinosa likely would not be great as Washington would be selling him at an all-time low value.
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