The Yankees signed infielder Danny Espinosa to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training on Monday, according to Mark Feinsand.
Espinosa spent last year with three teams: the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Seattle Mariners, and the Tampa Bay Rays. Espinosa struggled offensively last season, hitting just .173 with six home runs and 31 RBI in 266 at bats.
Espinosa’s deal with the Yankees come as the Yankees lack some infield depth – Chase Headley was traded to the San Diego Padres, the same team that the Yankees acquired him from, while Todd Frazier is still currently a free agent with just two weeks until pitchers and catchers report.
The Yankees have four infielders on their 40-man roster, three of them who all have Major League experience, and the other being Gleyber Torres, the team’s top prospect and the sixth-ranked prospect in all of baseball.
Espinosa will be in a Spring Training-long battle battling Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Miguel Andujar, and Torres for the two open spots in the infield: second and third base.
Espinosa has played second base 600 times at the Major League level, accumulating over 5,000 innings at the position, as compared to just 20 instances at third base, racking up just 125.1 inning at the hot corner.
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