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Report: Nationals “not willing” to trade Drew Storen to Twins for Denard Span

Jul 28, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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Earlier this week there were several reports about the Nationals pursuing Twins center fielder Denard Span and yesterday Ken Rosenthal of wrote that they might even be willing to give up closer Drew Storen to get something done.

Not so fast, according to Bill Ladson of, who quotes “a baseball source” as saying the Nationals “are not willing to trade Storen for Span.”

Which is probably good news for the Twins anyway, because trading a 27-year-old center fielder with good leadoff skills and plus range for a 70-inning pitcher–albeit a very good, young, and cheap one in Storen–isn’t the greatest idea. It’s probably a moot point anyway, as Span has been on the disabled list for two months with a concussion.

Washington is definitely in the market for a long-term solution in center field, with various rumors linking them to Michael Bourn, B.J. Upton, Peter Bourjos, and others in addition to Span.

  1. bigleagues - Jul 28, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    not even the least bit surprised . . . if any of it was even true in the first place.

  2. ThatGuy - Jul 28, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    If they traded a above average starting CF for an above average closer, it would be time to send the lynch mob after Smith. Letting the Nats rape us two years in a row for closers is just bad for business.

    • siouxyaya17 - Jul 28, 2011 at 2:50 PM

      true statement.

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