Twins Trade Denard Span To Washington Nationals For Alex Meyer

Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

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.

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.

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