MINNEAPOLIS There's no easy cure for back-to-back 90-loss seasons. Terry Ryan knows that.
But that hasn't kept the Minnesota Twins general manager from doing what he can to slowly right the ship. In the past few weeks, Ryan has traded away his team's two center fielders -- and top two hitters in the batting order, to boot -- in order to address the organization's biggest need. The return for those players was three pitchers, including two prospects and another that will slide into the rotation this season.
Ryan dealt center fielder Denard Span to Washington late last month for pitcher Alex Meyer, one of the Nationals' top prospects. The move to trade Span was far from shocking given that his name had been brought up in trade rumors several times over the past few years. In return, Ryan landed a pitcher who should be able to help the Twins at the major league level in a few years.
One week after sending Span to Washington, Ryan traded another outfielder to a different National Le...