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Span-Storen rumor highlights Wednesday buzz

Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:14 am
Edited on: July 28, 2011 1:36 am
By Evan Brunell

A possible trade between the Twins and Nationals has surfaced on the rumor mill in recent hours, with's Scott Miller reporting that Washington is zeroing in on Denard Span to be its center fielder of the future, while the Twins target closer Drew Storen in a possible multi-player trade.

It's possible that shortstop Ian Desmond and catcher Wilson Ramos could be part of a deal, as they did not play on Wednesday, fueling speculation that the two could be part of a trade for Rays' center fielder B.J. Upton, who also rode the pine Wednesday.

Of course, the Twins have Joe Mauer at catcher, so it's doubtful they're looking to re-acquire Ramos even if they're regretting the deal that sent him to the Nats for Matt Capps last season, who recently lost his closer's job. But Desmond? The Twins do need infield help, but Alexi Casilla and Tsuyoshi Nishioka crowd the middle infield spots, while Danny Valencia is still starting regularly at third, even if he should hit the bench against right-handers. All this is probably more smoke than it is fire.

What clearly is something, though, is the Span-Storen deals. The Twins need to stabilize their bullpen, both for 2011 and in the future, and adding a young reliever like Storen would go a long way toward locking the ninth inning down for years. We'll find out by Sunday if there's any truth to these rumors.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:37 am

Span-Storen rumor highlights Wednesday buzz

If the Nats trade storen for span they are NUTS!!! Span is a Bum and had 1 good year. Storen has came in and had a great year.
I would keep my youg closer rather then some run of the mill often hurt OF. Dont do it keep Storen.
If they can get Upton then yes Storen and Desmond and a prospect wwould work 4 bothe the Nats and the Rays.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:02 am

Span-Storen rumor highlights Wednesday buzz

As a distant Twins fan, I hope there is more to this than Drew Storen coming back for Denard Span. First, did the Twins really not learn anything from the Wilson Ramos trade last year? A significant every day player is worth more than a bullpen arm, especially if they do something well. How much could the Twins have relied on Ramos with the Joe Mauer earlier this year? In Span, the Twins have a very strong leadoff hitter who, in his better years, gets on base at a clip between .360 and .400. I can see how the Twins would be ready to give up on Alexi Casilla, but that kind of dump would be out of character for their front office. Meanwhile, the Nats have a nicely loaded farm system. Unless you come away with a package that includes a load of players like Sammy Solis from the Nats top prospect list, it is a terrible move to unload a quality, above average every day regular to plug one bullpen hole that could be filled with lots of alternatives.

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