Angels acquire Espinosa from Nationals

Pitching prospects McGowin, Adams headed to Washington

December 11th, 2016

The Angels have acquired infielder from the Nationals in exchange for Minor League right-handers Kyle McGowin and Austin Adams, the Halos announced Saturday night.

Espinosa, who turns 30 in April, hit .209/.306/.378 with career highs in home runs (24) and RBIs (72) for Washington in 2016, playing shortstop the entire season. 

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The addition of Espinosa gives the Angels an everyday second-base option, a void they've been seeking to fill this offseason. and split time at the position last season, but Angels' second basemen as a group slashed just .235/.275/.345.

Moving Espinosa -- who is from Santa Ana, Calif., and went to Long Beach State University -- became more likely for the Nationals after the acquisition of center fielder from the White Sox, which enables the Nats to move to shortstop.

McGowin was the Angels' No. 20 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com. The 25-year-old was the organization's fifth-round selection in the 2013 Draft. In 27 starts split between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake last season, he posted a 5.83 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 142 innings.

Adams, also 25, was the Angels' eighth-round pick in the 2012 Draft. In 34 appearances between the Arizona Fall League (two games) and Double-A Arkansas (32 games), he posted a 3.05 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 44 1/3 innings.