The Mets this year are really filling out their depth, which is a great thing, and that’s what Danny Espinosa represents. He’s trying to get back to the majors since bouncing around the minors last year and a 2017 that saw him put up a 51 DRC+ with the Angels over 77 games, 52 with the Mariners over 8 game sand 48 over 8 games with the Rays.
Since 2010, the long time National who seemingly routinely played great against the Mets has the following DRC+ over time:
He’s a lifetime .221/.297/.378 hitter (.227/.309/.353 against the Mets, so not really a better player against the Mets) brings some stability to the Mets infield. Last year he hit .195/.239/.312 across the Phillies/Dodgers/Blue Jays systems.
The main thing working against Danny for breaking into the roster and printing a ticket to Queens is the sheer amount of players the Mets have in the infield now. Danny will need to have a better spring than Gavin Cecchini, TJ Rivera, JD Davis and newly signed Hechavarria who probably has the inside track to a roster.
I have memories of Danny Espionsa from years ago, back when it looked like he and Ian Desmond would become a dynamic duo for the Nationals. That’s faded for both of them in a lot of ways but it was hard to not yearn for that when I heard the Mets signed Danny. I want Danny to do well as a Met, it’s just going to be a difficult path to get there.