Now after I write this Espinosa may go on a tear today and break out of yet another one of his slumps. Irregardless I don't get what the strategy is here, long term or short term.
The Nationals didn't want to give up Lombardozzi to trade to the Twins for Span because he was too valuable to them. But now he sits on the bench behind arguably the worst hitter in the National League, Espinosa. Even if you are the biggest Espinosa fan you can't deny that his numbers, especially in the Post Season, factor him as one of the worst batters in the National League over the last 2 years. I know that Espinosa is solid in the field. But Lombardozzi is a former Golden Glove winner. Correct me if I am wrong but has Espinosa ever won that honor at any level in the Majors?
What is the strategy for Lombardozzi? He was on the All Rookie team last year at Second Base. And he is a former AAA Golden GLove winner at the position. He is 24 years old. 4 years older then Bryce Harper, and one younger then Espinosa. He either needs to play or be moved. Espinosa can obviously hear the footsteps behind his back, and that is why he won't sit out even when he is injured. ONe of the players needs to be moved, and replaced by a veteran like Chad Tracy that doesn't mind sitting on the bench. It is a no brainer to me that Lombardozzi is the better player. But if the consensus with in the organization is that Espinosa is a better player then why not make the trades that keep coming in for ball clubs that want Lombardozzi? Is he an insurance policy? If so then let them compete for the position, split it up. Lombardozzi does not have one start this year. And for that matter neither does Tyler Moore, even when LaRoche was injured. It irks me to hear Lombardozzi and Tyler Moore being named to the "Goon Squad". THat is for veteran players that are content with their roles to pitch in here and there. These are two studs that would be starting for most MLB teams. Are they their for insurance, or to add for competition. If it is the latter it is not working. Espinosa is now in an almost 2 year slump. Let's see what Lomba can do with 2 years of everyday play. I'm guessing it will prove to be the wise move.
Honestly I am unsure where Espinosa fits into any MLB team. He is a 2baseman that hits at a very low average that hits 20 Homeruns a year and strike outs the most in the majors, or 2nd most every year. Sounds like an awful American League DH to me.
Like I said he may have a big day today. He seems to be a very streaky player, and seems like a nice enough guy. Just curious to hear what GM RIzzo has in mind for 2 base. It's a very curious situation there, that doesn't really get a lot of talk because the Nationals don't really have an aggressive media.
WIth injuries these situations tend to play themselves out, but barring any injuries how long will the Nats let Espinosa try to find his groove at the plate.