The Twins and the Nationals made a trade today, as Minnesota sent outfielder Denard Span to Washington in exchange for pitching prospect Alex Meyer.
The Nationals have long been shopping for a center fielder and leadoff man and they seem to finally have their man in the 28-year-old Span. In five seasons in the big leagues – all with the Twins – Span has a career line of .284/.357/.389, and has swiped 90 bases in 118 chances. He’s also regarded as a very good defensive center fielder. He is under contract through 2015 and will make $4.75 million next season.
Meyer, 22, was the 23rd overall selection in the 2011 amateur draft and is considered a high ceiling top pitching prospect. He had a 2.86 ERA this season as a starter in A-ball.