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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 minor league levels, the 6-foot-9 Meyer was 10-6 with a 2.86 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 25 starts.
Span, 28, made his major league debut with Minnesota in 2008 and has been a mainstay in the Twins outfield ever since. His 2011 season was cut shot due to a concussion, but he played 128 games in 2012 and batted .283 with a .342 on-base percentage as Minnesotas leadoff hitter.
Part of what made Span such a valuable trade chip was not only his production on the field but also his team-friendly contract. Span is due 4.75 million next season and 6.5 million in 2014. There is a 9 million club option for 2015, with a 500,000 buyout.
Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan said earlier this month that acquiring pitching particularly starting pitching would be the club's top priority this offseason. While Meyer likely won't pitch in the majors for a few years, he gives Minnesota some pitching depth in the minor league system.
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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,...
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.
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--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...
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