|Jan. 13 11:29 PM PT12:29 AM MT1:29 AM CT2:29 AM ET2:29 ET7:29 GMT15:29 12:29 AM MST2:29 AM EST2:59 AM VEN11:29 UAE1:29 AM CT-Espinosa has agreed to a $5,425,000, one-year contract with the Angels, avoiding salary arbitration with his new team.
Analysis: Espinosa gets a hefty raise from the $2,875,000 he earned last season as the Nationals' shortstop. His batting average dropped to .209 last year, but he reached career highs with 24 homers and 72 RBIs.
|Dec. 10 8:12 PM PT9:12 PM MT10:12 PM CT11:12 PM ET23:12 ET4:12 GMT12:12 9:12 PM MST11:12 PM EST11:42 PM VEN8:12 UAE10:12 PM CT-The Angels have acquired Espinosa from the Nationals for minor-league pitchers Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin.
Analysis: Espinosa hit just .209 last season but set career highs with 24 homers and 72 RBIs in 157 games. A good defender, he'll likely take over as the everyday second baseman in Anaheim. The 29-year-old had been pushed out of a regular role in Washington with the recent acquisition of outfielder Adam Eaton, which will push NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Trea Turner to shortstop.
|Oct. 10 5:50 PM PT6:50 PM MT7:50 PM CT8:50 PM ET20:50 ET0:50 GMT8:50 5:50 PM MST7:50 PM EST8:20 PM VEN4:50 UAE (+1)7:50 PM CT-Espinosa got hit by a pitch in the third inning Monday, the third time he's been hit, which is the most in NLDS history, as the Nationals beat the Dodgers 8-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
Analysis: Espinosa, who is 0 for 7 with six strikeouts in the series, trails Shane Victorino, who was hit four times in the 2013 ALDS for Boston, for most in a division series in major league history.
|Sep. 19 7:15 PM PT8:15 PM MT9:15 PM CT10:15 PM ET22:15 ET2:15 GMT10:15 7:15 PM MST9:15 PM EST9:45 PM VEN6:15 UAE (+1)9:15 PM CT-Espinosa hit a three-run homer Monday, his career-best 22nd.
Analysis: Espinosa is batting just .215 on the season, but he's also tied a career high with 66 RBIs. He's batting .130 (7 for 54) with 22 strikeouts in his last 17 games.
|Aug. 23 9:54 PM PT10:54 PM MT11:54 PM CT12:54 AM ET0:54 ET4:54 GMT12:54 9:54 PM MST11:54 PM EST12:24 AM VEN8:54 UAE11:54 PM CT-Espinosa ended a 38-game stretch without a home run, connecting for his first since July 3 in Monday's 4-3 loss at Baltimore.
Analysis: Espinosa is batting .148 with nine RBIs in his last 30 games. The homer was his first extra-base hit since Aug. 3.
|July 29 8:35 AM PT9:35 AM MT10:35 AM CT11:35 AM ET11:35 ET15:35 GMT23:35 8:35 AM MST10:35 AM EST11:05 AM VEN19:35 UAE10:35 AM CT-The slumping Espinosa had an RBI single and scored in the second inning of Thursday's 4-2 win over the Giants.
Analysis: Espinosa entered the game in a 2-for-34 slump. He has just three RBIs in 19 games since his last homer, his 18th of the season on July 4.
|July 4 9:37 AM PT10:37 AM MT11:37 AM CT12:37 PM ET12:37 ET16:37 GMT0:37 9:37 AM MST11:37 AM EST12:07 PM VEN20:37 UAE11:37 AM CT-Espinosa homered twice for the Nationals, including his second grand slam in four games, and finishing 4 for 5 with six RBIs in a 12-1 rout of the Reds on Sunday.
Analysis: Espinosa finished the series 7 for 18 (.389) with five homers and 15 RBIs. ''It's surreal,'' he said. ''It's crazy. I'm just out there having fun and I'm just staying with my work every day and it's paying off. I couldn't dream anything like this could ever happen.''
|July 1 8:12 AM PT9:12 AM MT10:12 AM CT11:12 AM ET11:12 ET15:12 GMT23:12 8:12 AM MST10:12 AM EST10:42 AM VEN19:12 UAE10:12 AM CT-Espinosa hit a grand slam and a three-run shot in Thursday's 13-4 home win over Cincinnati.
Analysis: Espinosa has gone 6 for 12 with two home runs, two doubles and nine RBIs in his last four games.
|June 25 5:31 PM PT6:31 PM MT7:31 PM CT8:31 PM ET20:31 ET0:31 GMT8:31 5:31 PM MST7:31 PM EST8:01 PM VEN4:31 UAE (+1)7:31 PM CT-Espinosa went 0 for 0 with two walks, a sacrifice and a sacrifice fly in Saturday's 6-5 loss at Milwaukee.
Analysis: Espinosa finished with two RBIs without any official at-bats, becoming the first player to do so since 2014 and the 40th since 1913.
|June 22 8:43 AM PT9:43 AM MT10:43 AM CT11:43 AM ET11:43 ET15:43 GMT23:43 8:43 AM MST10:43 AM EST11:13 AM VEN19:43 UAE10:43 AM CT-Espinosa has been a nice source of power from the shortstop position of late. He went 2 for 3 with a home run in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Dodgers.
Analysis: After a horrendous start, Espinosa has hit .259 with 10 home runs and 13 RBIs over his last 24 games.
|June 15 8:28 AM PT9:28 AM MT10:28 AM CT11:28 AM ET11:28 ET15:28 GMT23:28 8:28 AM MST10:28 AM EST10:58 AM VEN19:28 UAE10:28 AM CT-Espinosa had another hit and reached when he was hit by a pitch in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Cubs.
Analysis: Espinosa, who struggled mightily earlier in the season, is batting .288 with eight home runs and 11 RBIs over his last 17 games.
|June 13 8:55 AM PT9:55 AM MT10:55 AM CT11:55 AM ET11:55 ET15:55 GMT23:55 8:55 AM MST10:55 AM EST11:25 AM VEN19:55 UAE10:55 AM CT-Espinosa has turned things around offensively. He went 2 for 4 with his 11th home run in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Phillies.
Analysis: Espinosa has gone 8 for 16 with three home runs, a double and three RBIs in his last four games. He's raised his average from .196 to .220 over this stretch.
|June 11 9:09 AM PT10:09 AM MT11:09 AM CT12:09 PM ET12:09 ET16:09 GMT0:09 9:09 AM MST11:09 AM EST11:39 AM VEN20:09 UAE11:09 AM CT-Espinosa helped lead the way with three hits and two runs scored in Friday's 9-6 home win over Philadelphia.
Analysis: Espinosa's bat appears to be coming to life. He's 6 for 12 with two homers in his last three games and has slugged seven long balls over his past 14.
|June 9 8:46 AM PT9:46 AM MT10:46 AM CT11:46 AM ET11:46 ET15:46 GMT23:46 8:46 AM MST10:46 AM EST11:16 AM VEN19:46 UAE10:46 AM CT-Espinosa went 3 for 5 with a homer and scored three runs in the Nationals' 11-4 victory over the White Sox.
Analysis: Espinosa has homered in four of his last seven games and is already at nine for the season, four shy of his total from all of last year.