Found November 30, 2012 on
The Rhino and Compass:
Tampa Bay Rays
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 pitchers to fill out the rotation in 2013.
Naturally, most Twins fans felt that this meat that the Twins would be using Span for a starter when they decided to make their trade. Instead, they went after Alex Meyer, 2011 first round pick and highly regarded pitching prospect. Talent for talent, the trade isn’t a bad deal, but it sent a message that I don’t think many Twins fans were expecting to hear. It sent the message that the team is looking even further into the future than next season, perhaps at the expense of the 2013 season.
The rumors ahead of this trade had all involved a pitcher coming back in return that was closer to major league ready, like Randall Delgado from the Braves, or someone that already has experience, like James Shields from the Rays. Meyer, by all accounts has a great deal of talent, and has done well in his brief professional career, is a move for the long term. It made it feel like the Twins were short changed in the trade, initially, because they didn’t receive the major league ready front line starter they expected.
The new plan, or perhaps the same plan as it’s been all along, is to build for the future. Truthfully, Ryan and the Twins could have had this in mind all along (rather than being forced into something when BJ Upton was signed, which was a common theory, and one I had entertained) and never truly misled the fans. Misdirected, perhaps, but not misled. They can add their three free agents to go along with Scott Diamond and Kyle Gibson to smaller deals, lasting one or two years (or perhaps longer for one or two of them) and wait for Meyer and Jose Berrios to join the roster. If players develop as expected, that could be a pretty strong rotation in 2014 or 2015. And there will be spots for all of those guys. The added free agents this year might be moved to add more young talent, or would otherwise be gone when their contracts expire.
They will patch their holes and the team won’t be as embarrassing this year, but the plan was likely never to contend in any meaningful way in 2013. Sure, just being competent puts you in the picture in the AL Central, but Terry Ryan, as he often does, had a long view. We will probably get a look at what is to come this season when some guys, like Oswaldo Arcia or Aaron Hicks make their debuts in September. As the Twins have indicated, that will be more important than what we will see from the team in April.
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
As I'm certain everyone is aware by now the Twins traded Denard Span late last week to the Nationals for minor league pitching prospect Alex Meyer. At first blush I was down on the trade, having hoped the Twins could turn the talented Span into a MLB ready mid-rotation starter type (like Jeremy Hellickson, for example) but the more I've read about it and spent time thinking...