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 2...