Espinosa, Angels reportedly avoid arbitration

Espinosa, Angels reportedly avoid arbitration

The Angels have reached an agreement with Danny Espinosa on a one-year, $5.425 million deal to avoid arbitration, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. The club has not confirmed the agreement.

Los Angeles acquired Espinosa, 29, from the Nationals earlier this offseason in exchange for Minor Leaguers Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin. Espinosa, who possessed one of the strongest arms in baseball at shortstop, is looking to rebound from a .209 batting average and 174 strikeouts in 2016.

He will likely be the Angels' starting second baseman, and is also expected to represent Team Mexico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic in March.

Espinosa on his defense, hitting

Espinosa's 2017 salary will represent a raise from the one-year, $2.875 million deal he signed last offseason with the Nationals to avoid arbitration, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts.

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