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Nationals, Twins discuss Span, Storen

Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:26 am
 
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
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:00 pm
 

Nationals, Twins discuss Span, Storen

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Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Nationals, Twins discuss Span, Storen

If Storen is in play, the Rangers should make a move to go get him.  The Rangers have plenty of young center fielders - Borbon, Gentry, Martin and Beltre.  Plus they have Chavez too.  At least they could keep Storen for awhile, unlike Heath Bell, who would be gone at the end of the year.
 



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 5:05 pm
 

Nationals, Twins discuss Span, Storen

According to the Post, the Nats refused a straight up Storen for Span deal.  Doesn't sound like much else is being discussed.  They still appear to be interested in Upton with Desmond's name being mentioned.  A deal like that would be much more appealing as I don't think there is much more Desmond offers offensively.



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Nationals, Twins discuss Span, Storen

If the Nats do this deal, I would consider dropping my season tix - awful.  Storen has become a fan favorite and is young........



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Nationals, Twins discuss Span, Storen

I can't believe the Nats would consider a straight up deal of Span for Storen.  Span is one of the better CFs around but now way do they ship Storen for him alone.  Most of the talk has been Clippard on the market so this is a bit of a surpise.  Notice in the article that when the Nats asked about Span, the response was "we want Storen" and nothing else is mentioned.  Maybe Rizzo hung up on the Twins after that demand. As usual around this time of year, you can't believe any rumors you hear.  I can tell you this, the Nats would take a giant step back with their fanbase (what limited one there is) if they dealt Storen.  He, along with Zimmerman and Espinosa are the faces of the team right now (until Strasburg comes back).  



Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:50 am
 

Nationals, Twins discuss Span, Storen

Storen for Span?  I can't believe Washington would make a deal that's so one-sided!  If they do land Storen, good for them.  They could cut ties with Nathan and Capps along with a ton of payroll cash to go after another bat.  Storen is a top-tier closer and would become an elite option if he takes over the Twins closer roles.  I just thought that Washington would have considered him one of their major building blocks for the future along with Harper and Strasburg.  It's not like they're a contender and the one missing piece is a centerfielder!  This is more than a little surprising.



Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:01 am
 

Nationals, Twins discuss Span, Storen

if the Twins can have Storen for Span....wow!...would be a outstanding deal for them

i Think Twins try to trade also Young,Cuddyer because they feel  good with their OF farm..Revere,Tosoni,Benson and many other kids with a lot of upside..

i'd to see them trying to trade also some starters (Blackburn,Pavano,Liriano ...good but not contender materials) 
Re-build this year is very smart for Twins because their 2 stars are not healthy



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