Have we seen the last of Nate Espy?

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There were very few players who suited up for the York Revolution in 2007 who didn’t have kind words to say about Nate Espy.

Whether they were close with him or not, every player respected his work ethic. And it was hard not to. Despite hamstring problems throughout the year he played in a team-high 119 games. He added 22 home runs and 90 RBIs in those games — also tops on the Revs.

But it looks very possible that we’ve seen the last of Espy in a York uniform. Adam Gladstone — the Revs’ director of baseball operations — confirmed on Thursday that the slugger won’t start the year with York. Instead, Espy’s investigating his options overseas and thinking about getting out of baseball altogether. Read more about that here.

And I have to say it: Can you blame him? After putting up monster numbers last year, Espy didn’t even receive a sniff from an affiliated team. He watched a number of his teammates use the Atlantic League to make it back to affiliated ball while he poured his heart and soul into every game. You have to wonder, would another season with York really make a difference? Probably not.

So it looks like the Revs are faced with finding a new No. 3 hitter and replacing a 20+ home run producer. Those guys don’t grow on trees, but as Gladstone continues to remind us this off-season, it’s a different climate on the open market. It’s possible that the Revs will find a player who can exceed what Espy was able to do last year.

But it’s doubtful they’ll find a guy who was more professional than Espy was in York.

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  1. […] Keep in mind, there’s plenty of time for upgrades and the Revs could still add some big boppers. But they’re also probably going to have to replace 1B Nate Espy, one of the Top 10 hitters in the league. That’s a […]

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