Apr 25, 2013; Washington, DC, USA;Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) fields a ground ball to make the final out to beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Espinosa, Anthony Rendon fight for Nats’ 2B

One of a new manager’s biggest challenges is figuring out who fills out the existing gaps. That’s a problem that Nationals’ manager Matt Williams is likely glad to have.

Dan Kolko of MASN was in attendance  as the rookie manager addressed the media. He’s got Ryan Zimmerman at third, Ian Desmond at short and Adam LaRoche manning first. Who gets to play at second though?

Williams also stated that Rendon would see time at third base while Espinosa would see some time at shortstop. Rendon had a great rookie campaign, coming up after Espinosa was sent down, playing in 98 games hitting .265/.329/.396. Espinosa, on the other hand, struggled mightily, especially at the plate after two decent years, hitting only .158/.193/.272 before being sent down after 44 games. Espinosa has the potential and will be using this opportunity to show he can still perform at the Major League level.

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  • NatsMan

    Open schmopen. Rendon isn’t going to be a bench player, nor are they sending him back to AAA unless he’s just terrible this spring (not likely). Rendon starts at second, and if Espinosa makes the team, it’s as a utility player. I still think if he shows anything in ST, he gets traded.

    • http://www.fansided.com Matt Fisher

      Very likely scenario. Rendon is like Puig in that he had enough of an impact on his team that he has to be an everyday player this year. Espinosa probably is the odd man out, and is a good candidate to be the Steve Lombardozzi of this year’s team.