The rumor mill is in full swing right now, and the Minnesota Twins chatter centers around outfielder Denard Span.
Span is in the minor leagues on a rehab assignment after sustaining a concussion earlier this season. It’s been a slow process, but he appears to be getting close to returning to the major leagues.
The Washington Nationals are reportedly very interested in Span, and various rumors have linked Nationals closer Drew Storen as the guy that could go to Minnesota in a Span swap.
I’m a bigger fan of Nats set-up guy Tyler Clippard, who isn’t much older than Storen and has been absolutely filthy this season.
But if you believe what you read, the Nats are having a hard time coming to grips with dealing Storen alone.
I personally don’t like a Storen-for-Span trade from the Twins perspective. The Twins spent many years without an adequate leadoff hitter. And if you assume Span is fully recovered from the concussion (I doubt the Nats would have interest if he wasn’t), then I don’t make the deal.
I know the Twins bullpen is in rough shape. But I don’t think Ben Revere is ready to step into Span’s shoes at the top of the order, and Storen alone isn’t going to be enough to get that ‘pen going in the right direction.
- Span’s line this season: .294 BA, .361 OBP, .385 SLG
- Revere’s line this season: .249 BA, .294 OBP, .283 SLG
I like Revere. He’s fun to watch. But at this point in his career, he’s more of a bottom-of-the-order bat. If he replaces Michael Cuddyer or Jason Kubel (both free agents after 2011), that’s fine. But I still like Span – who sees a ton of pitches - at the top.
It would take Clippard and Storen for me to change my mind, and that is never going to happen. So my guess is Span is still with the Twins on Aug. 1.