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Nationals, Twins discuss Span, Storen

Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:35 am
Edited on: July 28, 2011 1:36 am
 
By Scott Miller

Looking to plug an organizational hole in center field, the Nationals have approached the Twins about a possible deal involving center fielder Denard Span, sources with knowledge of the talks confirmed to CBSSports.com Wednesday night.

The Twins want Nationals closer Drew Storen in return in a deal that could expand. The talks were first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.com.

Washington has been involved in multiple talks for a center fielder this week, including Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton and, before he was dealt to Toronto, St. Louis' Colby Rasmus. The Nationals currently are going with Roger Bernadina but really are not in love with any of their long-term candidates going forward.

Minnesota, according to one source, is not shopping Span but became interested when approached by the Nationals. The emergence of Ben Revere this season could make Span expendable.

Furthermore, the Twins, who Wednesday gained another game on Detroit with a win over Texas, now are six games back and continue to view the AL Central as a winnable division. They came into July intent on acquiring bullpen help and think they could accomplish that in a Span deal to Washington.

The Twins are looking at relief help not only this year, but for 2012. Both Joe Nathan and Matt Capps could become free agents this winter.

Minnesota holds a $12.5 million option for 2012 on Nathan, or a $2 million buyout. The Twins are not expected to pick up the option, though they could negotiate a new deal to bring Nathan back.

Meanwhile, Capps' contract is up after 2011 and he will be a free agent this winter.

Acquiring Storen not only would add late-innings depth during this summer's stretch run, it also could give the Twins a long-term solution at closer if Capps and Nathan both leave this winter.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:57 pm
 

Nationals, Twins discuss Span, Storen

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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 5:02 am
 

Nationals, Twins discuss Span, Storen

This reminds me of the Wilson Ramos/Matt Capps trade, although Storen is much better.  Bad deal....I guess I just think relief pitchers are a dime a dozen.  I hope this trade does not happen.



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:52 am
 

Nationals, Twins discuss Span, Storen

I hate to see Span go but if they can acquire Storen it would be a good trade. Not to sure about Revere as the future centerfielder.



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