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Michael Bourn was one of the hottest free agents this MLB offseason, with a likely scenario having Bourn remaining in the National League East. The former Atlanta Braves center fielder was rumored to be close to signing with the Washington Nationals a few days ago, but the Nats went out and traded for Denard Span with the Minnesota Twins. But fear not, N.L. East fans, as Bourn is still highly likely to stay in the same division for the foreseeable future.
The Nationals acquired Span, so they are through overhauling their new outfield. Bryce Harper gets to relocate out of center field and shift to a more natural corner spot, and the outfield will now be much stronger defensively.
We knew the Braves had little desire to bring back Bourn, due mainly to the fact of how much money he was seeking, so they went out and gave B.J. Upton the largest free agent contract in franchise history. He will take over the every day center field duties, although he is not expected to hit lead off for Atlanta like Bourn did. He will probably hit third or even fourth.
We know that the New York Mets gave all their money to David Wright and are hoping to have saved some for R.A. Dickey. The Miami Marlins have traded almost away every player making seven figures, so we know they are not in the running to sign anyone of All-Star caliber.
That leaves the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies traded away Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, although there have been whispers about potentially bringing him back, if they are unable to land any bigger free agent outfielder. The Phillies also were interested in Upton, and have even been linked to Josh Hamilton, although it would make more sense for Hamilton to remain in the American League with his injury issues, affording him the option to serve as designated hitter.
That leaves the Phillies as the strong favorites to sign Bourn, who is viewed as perhaps the best defensive center fielder in the game today. The Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants may have the biggest need after the Phillies, especially if Angel Pagan signs elsewhere from the champs. Either way, I expect the Phillies to make Bourn a bigger offer than either of those teams as they look to bounce back from a disappointing 2012 season.
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Another day, another NL East team solves their center field problem. Yesterday, the Braves spent $75 million to sign B.J. Upton to a contract that is perfectly fair and should provide them with a quality player going forward. Today, the Nationals spent $21 million — and, to be fair, a solid pitching prospect — and got a similarly valuable player in Denard Span. Advantage,...
MINNEAPOLIS Outfielder Denard Span had been rumored several times as a possible trading chip for the Minnesota Twins. On Thursday, the club finally dealt him.
The Twins traded Span to the Washington Nationals in exchange for 22-year-old right-handed pitching prospect Alex Meyer. A first-round pick of the Nationals in 2011, Meyer reached High-A Potomac last season. Between two different...
The Washington Nationals have acquired outfielder Denard Span from the Minnesota Twins for minor league pitcher Alex Meyer, giving the reigning NL East champions a leadoff hitter and center fielder.
Span is a career .284 hitter with 23 home runs, 230 RBIs, 90 steals and a .357 on-base percentage during five seasons with the Twins.
The acquisition of Span allows the Nationals potentially...
The clacking you hear is the sound of dominoes falling throughout the major leagues.
Wednesday, B.J. Upton agreed to a five-year, $75.25 million contract with the Atlanta Braves.
Thursday, the Washington Nationals acquired center fielder Denard Span from the Minnesota Twins for pitching prospect Alex Meyer.
A quick assessment of what the moves mean for other players in the Hot Stove...
The Washington Nationals have made quick work of their pursuit for a center fielder, as they have acquired Denard Span from the Twins for minor league pitcher Alex Meyer.
Earlier today MLBTradeRumors.com reported that in a recent interview Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo discussed the clubs desire to move young phenom Bryce Harper to one of the corner outfield spots. Rizzo said...
So long, 6′9″ starting pitcher prospect and 2011 first-rounder Alex Meyer. Mike Rizzo and the Nats just shipped him to Minnesota for above-average center fielder and leadoff man Denard Span.
That means a bunch of stuff:
– The new outfield is Span in center, probably with Jayson Werth in left and Bryce Harper in right. That’s good defense.
– Mike Morse is the odd man out...
The Washington Nationals acquired a much-desired player on Thursday, picking up center fielder Denard Span from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league pitcher Alex Meyer. The 22-year old Meyer was a first round pick of the Nationals in 2011, #23 overall.
The move will have an impact around the league., and on more than just Washington's outfield. With Span's...
The Atlanta Braves lost one speedy centerfielder in Michael Bourn to free agency this offseason, but gained another to take his place.
Numerous sources are reporting that former Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder B.J. Upton signed with the Braves on Wednesday. Upton’s contract with the team is reportedly worth $75.25 million over five seasons. The 28-year-old was the Braves’ primary...
Sounds like Bob and F.P. will call Nats games in 2013. [Capital Games]
The Nats have played 32 guys in center field since 2005. [Nats Insider]
Denard Span was actually born in DC, but not on purpose. [Nats Journal]
Span once hit his mom with a foul, which is incredible. [Nats Enquirer]
DeAngelo Hall fined for unspecified infractions in the Dallas game. [PFT]
Alfred Morris had to...
--Minnesota Twins outfielder Denard Span was traded to the Washington Nationals on Thursday for pitching prospect Alex Meyer. Span, a five-year veteran who has spent his career with the Twins, hit .283 last season with four homers, 41 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. He is a .284 career hitter who has had his last two seasons cut short by injuries. He is expected to take over center...
Following their acquisition of center fielder Denard Span
from the Minnesota Twins, the Washington Nationals are “definitely shopping”
first baseman/outfielder Mike Morse, reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.
In the wake of Denard Span deal, #Nationals are "definitely shopping Mike Morse a little bit," says AL exec. Could deal Morse & sign LaRoche
— Jayson Stark...
Yesterday, the course of the Twins’ offseason was set. The worst kept secret in the Twins organization (to the point that I don’t believe it was even a secret) was that Denard Span was going to be traded. It was also apparent that the Twins needed to improve their rotation. Terry Ryan and the rest of the of the front office had stated that they would seek to add three starting...