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The Tampa Bay Rays once again shuffled the infield. This time it was at second base. The Rays have traded for veteran infielder Danny Espinosa to share the duties with Brad Miller at second base.
After trading Tim Beckham at the deadline to clear some infield space up, Brad Miller was going to be the lead man at second base. Some fans were shocked that Miller stayed and Beckham moved while others didn’t take it so well. Daniel Robertson, who can play various positions, had returned from the disabled list while the Rays had a roster spot open, decided to call him up.
With Brad Miller being listed as day to day the Rays had to do something. They wanted to make sure they don’t fall out of playoff contention so they upgraded their backup infield. So Danny Espinosa was available after being initially released and the Rays acquired him from the Seattle Mariners and have optioned Daniel Robertson to Triple A Durham. Danny Espinosa will see some time at second base and third base too with Trevor Plouffe being outrighted to Durham after clearing waivers.
Danny Espinosa is a switch hitter who brings some veteran experience and has and has provided some power through the the years but has seen a decline due to injuries. He will be the starting second baseman in tonight’s game versus the St. Louis Cardinals. As for Daniel Robertson, I’m sure he will be a September call up candidate.