Span fills the Nationals need for center-fielder and a leadoff hitter
The Washington Nationals surrendered top pitching prospect Alex Meyer for Minnesota Twins center-fielder Denard Span in a trade and in doing so filled their need for center-fielder and a leadoff hitter.
The Nats have been seeking to acquire Span since 2010.
“His skill set is something that we were looking for, we’ve been looking for for a couple years,” GM Mike Rizzo said. “We’re talking about a true defensive ball hawk, center field type of guy with great range. Sabermetrically and with the scout’s eye, he’s a front line defensive centerfield. He’s the consummate leadoff-type of hitter. He appeals greatly to us for his skill set as an offensive player.”
Meyer is a flame throwing six-foot nine right-hander and pitched to a 2.86 ERA across 129 innings of work in Single-A ball for Washington. The Twins believe Meyer has top of the rotation potential.
The trade may signal an end to Washington pursuing free-agent Adam LaRoche, with Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth playing the corner outfield positions Michael Morse could be moved to first base full-time.