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UPDATE: chances of a Denard Span deal to the Nats are less than 50-50

Jul 31, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT


UPDATE: ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian is now reporting that the chances of Storen/Span deal less than 50-50 and that the Nationals may pivot to B.J. Upton in their search for a center fielder.  Are the Nats really that afraid to give up Drew Storen?  Seems kind of nutso to me, but then again, I just work here.

9:17 AMWhen last we heard of the Denard Span-to-the-Nationals negotiations, it appeared as though the hangup was that the Twins wanted Proven Closer Drew Storen, whereas the Nationals were more inclined to included Proven Setup Man Tyler Clippard.

That has changed, however, as Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Nats have agreed to give up Storen, and that the hangup on the trade right now is the other player or players the Nats would include in the deal.  Perchance the Twins realized that Roger Bernadina is no good. Hard to say.

Whatever the case, this makes it appear that the second annual “Nationals trade the Twins a relief pitcher for a promising player at a key defensive position” deal is on track.

  1. crysisorigins - Jul 31, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Dont do it.

  2. Old Gator - Jul 31, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Craig, does your wife know you’ve snuck off to the basement to play with your keyboard on a Sunday morning, or is she still out back potting day lillies thinking you’re on your way to Lowe’s to pick up a package of Miracle Grow?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jul 31, 2011 at 9:46 AM

      She knows. I told her it was trade deadline day. She said “what’s that?” I said “will you care even if I tell you?” She said no and went shopping.

  3. theghostofwillisreed - Jul 31, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    this is one of the dumbest trade ideas i’ve seen in some time. a young, very controllable stud closer for a dime a dozen outfielder? is roger bernadina that bad?

    • davebrownspiral - Jul 31, 2011 at 10:00 AM

      Agreed. This trade makes no sense. Storen was a #1 pick two years ago, and has been pretty much lights out in his first year as closer. Why would the Nats trade away a young guy like this? Regardless, if this trade does happen, does Storen become the closer on Minnesota, or is Gardy still partial to Nathan?

    • jontler - Jul 31, 2011 at 10:01 AM

      Denard Span has been a top ten centerfielder since entering the league in 2008 according to fWAR. bWAR agrees as well, and he has a team friendly contract through 2015.

      That’s not exactly dime a dozen.

    • JBerardi - Jul 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      Have we learned nothing about the value of closers, or the inconsistency of relief pitchers? If you can trade a reliever for an actual baseball player, you do it. Good move for the Nationals if they pull it off.

  4. drunkenhooliganism - Jul 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Can both teams lose this trade

  5. depotmaster - Jul 31, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    As someone watching this situation very closely, it is clear that the Nationals need to resolve an ongoing problem – OBP at the top of the lineup. Span is a great pickup for the Nats assuming he’s not the next Justin Morneau — concussions are nothing to mess with. Storen is a stud, but you have to give to get. As was the case with Ramos, Minnesota has a long term answer in the position they are considering trading away – Ben Revere will likely be as good or better than Span. What incenses me here is the inclusion of Stephen Lombardozzi in these talks – his OBP has been the same as Spans MLB numbers throughout his minor league career. So – trade him for Span straight up (or with cash) and include Bernadina as a backup – especially since the Lombardozzi family has good Twins history – OR trade Storen and Bernie for Span and someone who isn’t concussed (Capps?) – but all 3? Forget it – trade Desmond to Tampa Bay for Upton and bring Lombardozzi up instead. Mike, I hope you’re listening – CONCUSSION. It’s probably the only reason the Twins are even considering giving up a guy under team control for several years.

  6. trevorb06 - Jul 31, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    This is god news. The girlfriend who doesn’t give a woot about baseball (although she made me proud this morning when I saw she actually facebook liked an article) was getting annoyed at my ranted about how stupid Bill Smith is to potentially get hosed in another reliever deal.

    I’d rather we trade Delmon for a lesser reliever who is still serviceable and better than Capps. That’d solve some of our OF log-jam.

  7. dan1111 - Jul 31, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    I don’t get it. Are the Nationals mortgaging the future in order to make it to .500 now? Sure, they should be willing to trade Storen, but why for older players? Especially Upton, who will be a free agent after next season.

    • JBerardi - Jul 31, 2011 at 11:59 AM

      Span may be older, but he’s not old. He’s 27 this year and signed to a cheap contract. I’d rather control him for the next four years than Drew Storen.

      • dan1111 - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:45 PM

        I can see your point. Span’s contract is quite favorable to the team. Although, they would control Storen for two more years than Span.

  8. spudchukar - Jul 31, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    The Nats would be Nuts not to move Storen. Why the Twins are so “Closer-Needy”, is a better question. With Clippard around, who I am not so sure isn’t better than Storen anyway. There was some reports yesterday that the Twins wanted Lombardozzi in the deal, but I cannot see the Nats including him.

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