The Washington Nationals have been after a center fielder for the longest time. On Thursday, they managed to grab a good one. The team acquired Denard Span from the Minnesota Twins. In return, they sent pitching prospect Alex Meyer to the Twins.
#Twins trade OF Denard Span to #Nationals for minor league RHP Alex Meyer.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 29, 2012
On the surface, this deal should work out well for both parties. The Nationals got a heck of a center fielder and a guy they can put at the top of the lineup. Span had some injury issues last season but he is a borderline All-Star when he is healthy. He is going to make a potent lineup that much better.
As for the Twins, they clear out some money and they pick up a very good prospect in Meyer. The Twins have missed on pitching prospects for the last five years or so, so a top flight guy like Meyer is a big pickup. If they want to compete, they have to start building the rotation up again.
This is almost a direct result of the Nationals finally hitting on draft picks. Now they have a deep team and a deep system. They can finally use those picks to fill holes on the major league roster. There might not be a team in baseball set up better for the future than these guys. If they make a run at 100 wins this season, do not be surprised. They have all the makings of a dynasty right now.