Rizzo, who had been one of Espinosa?s biggest supporters since he helped draft him out of Long Beach State in 2008, continued to praise the 29-year-old infielder, who hit 92 homers and played stellar defense for the Nationals since his debut in September 2010, but hit only .226 while striking out in 28 percent of his career at-bats.
?He is what he is,? Rizzo said. ?He?s a good major league player that?s got power, speed. Good defensive player. Plays every day. Played hard. Gave it 100 percent every time out there. I have no beef or problem with Danny Espinosa. Never had, and still consider him a good player that gave everything he had every time he played.?
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They apparently had plans to replace Espinosa whether or not they got Eaton, and it wasn't just the aborted McCutchen deal, either. The Nationals talked to Texas about Jurickson Profar, but the Rangers wanted Joe Ross.