2022 Player Outlook
The 35 year old Espino appeared in 35 games for the Nationals last season and made 19 starts over that stretch. Overall he went 5-5 with a 4.27 ERA. He is likely a placeholder in the rotation right now during the lockout with the Nationals unable to sign any potential free agents to fill out their roster. At the very least, he is a place holder for top prospect Cade Cavalli who posted a 3.36 ERA over 24 starts at the minor league level last season and entered 2021 as a Top 100 prospect.