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Nationals have talked to Twins about outfielder Denard Span

Jul 25, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that Twins center fielder Denard Span “is high on the Nationals’ list of targets” and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com adds further that the two sides “have talked.”

Minnesota is deep in outfielders throughout the organization and have Ben Revere as a potential replacement in center field, but he’s struggled filling in recently and the whole situation is complicated by the fact that Span has missed the past two months with a concussion.

Span is expected to rejoin the lineup soon, but may be on the disabled list past Sunday’s trade deadline. That doesn’t rule out Span being traded by July 31, however, and Rosenthal notes that Ian Desmond and Tyler Clippard could address the Twins’ need for both a shortstop and late-inning relief help.

However, he also writes that the Nationals are “reluctant” to include Clippard and presumably the Twins won’t accept a package built around Desmond (I say presumably because last year at this time they traded Wilson Ramos for Matt Capps, so no terrible move is out of the question when Bill Smith starts talking to Mike Rizzo).

Prior to the concussion Span was the Twins’ most valuable player, hitting .294 with a .361 on-base percentage and very good defense in center field. He’s also signed for reasonable salaries through 2015, so the Nationals’ interest makes plenty of sense. As a Twins fan I’m hoping they’re only willing to deal Span for big-time value and not just looking to swap him for the best return they can.

  1. shanemcdowell - Jul 25, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    I guess that’s the way trades go. The starting outfielder you’d least like to trade is the starting outfielder other teams would most want.

    Think we could come up with a way to get Ramos back in any potential deal? No?

    • natstowngreg - Jul 25, 2011 at 4:10 PM

      Sorry, we like Ramos and want him to stay around DC for a while.

      • Louie Schuth - Jul 25, 2011 at 8:07 PM

        This guy says there’s no way, so I guess that means there’s no way.

  2. trevorb06 - Jul 25, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Can you blame them? With how Smith allowed the Twins to be robbed on the Ramos-Capps deal if I were Rizzo I’d be asking about Mauer, Span, Baker, Liriano, Revere, Hicks, Gibson, and cash considerations to cover contracts. Hey, Sean Burnett has some saves! SHIP HIM OVER!
    #sarcasm

    • trevorb06 - Jul 25, 2011 at 3:30 PM

      On a serious note, wouldn’t it be awesome if we could trade under-performing Delmon for an under-performing Ian Desmond? Not sure how their contracts are wired, but of course I’m not a GM either. Either way that’d clear up our OF a bit and give the Nats some OF help.

      • natstowngreg - Jul 25, 2011 at 4:15 PM

        Unless Delmon could play CF well and play it every day, ‘fraid not. Corner OF isn’t exactly an area of need, especially with Harper on the horizon.

  3. Jonny 5 - Jul 25, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    The WSox are scouting the RS, Yanks, and Phills in case they decide to toss in the towel.

    • trevorb06 - Jul 25, 2011 at 3:54 PM

      huh?! :-S

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 25, 2011 at 4:15 PM

        really…..

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 25, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 25, 2011 at 4:19 PM

        Maybe “throw in the towel” was a bit “pushing it” ? ;)

      • trevorb06 - Jul 25, 2011 at 4:43 PM

        Ah, you should have said scouting their FARM systems. I was gonna say, none of them are trading their MLB talent (maybe D. Brown).

    • natstowngreg - Jul 25, 2011 at 4:20 PM

      Never underestimate Kenny Williams’ ability to pull the trigger on a big deal at any time.

  4. rynev - Jul 25, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Leave it to the Twins to say they won’t trade Cuddyer, whose contract is up at the end of this year, and instead have talks about trading Span, who has a team friendly deal through 2015. My brain hurts.

  5. siouxyaya17 - Jul 25, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    I think we are all in agreement that any potential trade will be terrible for the Twins and great for the Nationals. We hate you Bill Smith!

    • natstowngreg - Jul 25, 2011 at 6:11 PM

      Some of us are fond of Mr. Smith, if he makes trades to the Nats’ advantage.

  6. brian1413 - Jul 25, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Clippard has closer stuff. If you can get Clippard and Desmond for Span I think it’s a good deal. With Capps, Nathan, Thome, and Cuddyer coming of the books. That frees up a ton of money. SS is a need and so is relif pitching if you can get two big pieces plus some prospects for a guy Ben Revere can replace I say pull the trigger. With all the money coming of the books we can spend it on starting pitching and adding a bat in free agency.

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