Mariners Sign INF Danny Espinosa to Major League Roster


SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Mariners announced today the following roster moves:


  • Danny Espinosa, INF, signed and added to Major League roster.
  • Hisashi Iwakuma, RHP, transferred to the 60-day disabled list (inflammation in right shoulder).


Espinosa (#6) will be in uniform and available for tonight’s (7:10 p.m.) game vs. the Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field.


Espinosa, 30, hit .162 (37×228) with 27 runs, 8 doubles, 6 home runs and 29 RBI in 77 games with the Los Angeles Angels this season. The 6-foot, 205-pound, switch-hitting infielder hit safely in 13-of-17 games, from May 30 – June 21, batting .263 (15×57) with 9 runs, 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 12 RBI. Espinosa appeared in 71 games at 2nd base with the Angels, making 64 starts. In his career, he has appeared at 2nd base (593 games, 555 starts), shortstop (216 G, 202 GS), 3rd base (16 G, 9 G), 1st base (5 G, 5 GS) and left field (5 G, 2 GS). He was designated for assignment by the Angels on July 16 and released on July 20.


In 157 games with Washington last season, Espinosa hit posted career-highs in home runs (24) and RBI (72) while ranking T4th among National League shortstops (also: Zack Cozart-CIN) in defensive runs saved with 8 (FanGraphs). He was acquired by the Angels from the Nationals in exchange for RHP Kyle McGowin and RHP Austin Adams on Dec. 10, 2016.


In parts of 8 Major League seasons with the Nationals (2010-16) and Angels (2017), Espinosa is a career .221 (635×2872) hitter with 364 runs, 137 doubles, 12 triples, 98 home runs and 314 RBI in 856 career games. The native of Santa Ana, CA., was originally selected by Washington in the 3rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of Long Beach State University.


Iwakuma, 36, was originally placed on the 10-day disabled list on May 10 (retro to May 7) with inflammation in his right shoulder. He made a rehab start with Advanced-A Modesto on June 14 vs. San Jose, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings while allowing 1 hit and striking out 4. He also made a rehab start with AAA Tacoma on June 19 vs. Salt Lake, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits (1 home run) with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks in 2.0 innings pitched. He is 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA (15 ER, 31.0 IP) with 16 strikeouts and 12 walks in 6 starts with the Mariners this season. He posted back-to-back quality starts to begin the season, but went 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA (12 ER, 19.0 IP) with 12 strikeouts and 6 walks over his next 4 starts (4/16-5/3) before landing on the disabled list.


Last season, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-hander went 16-12 with a 4.12 ERA (91 ER, 199.0 IP) with 147 strikeouts and 46 walks in 33 starts with Seattle. He set a career-high in wins with 16 while leading the club in wins (16), starts (33), innings pitched (199.0) and strikeouts (147).


The native of Tokyo, Japan, has spent his entire 6-year Major League career with the Mariners, compiling a career record of 63-39 with 2 saves and a 3.42 ERA (336 ER, 883.2 IP) with 714 strikeouts and 185 walks in 150 career appearances, including 136 starts. He originally signed with Seattle as a free agent on Jan. 5, 2012 after spending 11 seasons in the Japan Pacific League. Iwakuma went 107-69 with a 3.25 ERA (557 ER, 1541.0 IP) with 1175 strikeouts and 342 walks in 226 games (225 starts) during his career in the Japan Pacific League. In 2008, he was named Pacific League MVP and earned the Eiji Sawamura Award (Cy Young Award equivalent) after going 21-4 with a 1.87 ERA (42 ER, 201.2 IP) in 28 starts. He earned a bronze medal with the Japanese National Team at the 2004 Athens Olympics, as well as a gold medal with Team Japan at the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

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