Blue Crabs acquire rights to INF Espinosa
The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs recently acquired the rights to veteran infielder David Espinosa.
Southern Maryland acquired Espinosa in a trade with the Grand Prairie Air Hogs, of the independent American Association, for a player to be named before May 1.
The trade was listed on the transactions page of the Atlantic League website on Monday, Feb. 6.
Though the trade might not be too eye-popping for a guy who played in just 11 games for the Blue Crabs last season, Espinosa has been putting up solid numbers in recent seasons.
A former first round draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds, Espinosa batted .324 in 100 games for Grand Prairie last season before the Blue Crabs acquired him in mid-September. He went on to bat a collective .333 in seven regular season games and four playoff games for Southern Maryland, going 15-for-45 at the plate with 10 RBIs.
Espinosa split time between Grand Prairie and Southern Maryland in 2010, too. That year, he hit .351 in 95 games for the Air Hogs and .340 in 14 games for the Blue Crabs.
Espinosa, 30, is a former Reds, Seattle Mariners and Detroit Tigers prospect who topped out at Class AAA Toledo with the Tigers in 2007. He hit .204 in 111 games for Toledo that season.
Espinosa first played in the Atlantic League in 2008 with the Camden Riversharks. He last played affiliated ball in 2009 with the Seattle Mariners Class AA West Tennessee team, batting .212 in 60 games.
The Florida native has played at second base and short stop in recent years, but he also played in the outfield for five seasons as a Tigers prospect from 2003 to 2007.
It remains to be seen whether Espinosa will sign with Southern Maryland. So far, the Blue Crabs have three position players under contract for 2012. All three are outfielders.