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Twins, Nationals fail to complete Denard Span-for-Drew Storen swap

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4:20 p.m. EDT update: We’re a bit late on things because WordPress, of all of the possible times to crash, picked 3:58 p.m. on deadline day.  Storen, anyway, is in the game against the Mets, so obviously nothing got done with the Twins.

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FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal said on MLB Network that he believes the Twins and Nationals have agreed on the bigger portion of a Denard Span-for-Drew Storen deal, but that side pieces have held things up.

Based on past rumors, that suggests the Twins are holding out for either infielder Stephen Lombardozzi or outfielder Roger Bernadina along with Storen, while the Nationals probably think their offer of Storen is sufficient.

For what it’s worth, Span is in the lineup for Triple-A Rochester today, while Storen is in the pen for the Nationals.

The Nats and Twins are still talking about a Denard Span-Drew Storen trade

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Last year the Nationals snookered the Twins into giving up a stud catching prospect for the most replaceable of all commodities, the Proven Closer.  But Matt-Capps for Wilson Ramos was one of those once-in-a-lifetime brain farts, right?  Surely Bill Smith and the Twins aren’t going to do something like that again, right?

Maybe!  While it was reported yesterday that the Nationals — the Nationals! — were unwilling to trade their closer, Drew Storen, for center fielder Denard Span, Ken Rosenthal reports that talks are still ongoing along those lines.  It may be sweeter than a straight swap, however, as Rosenthal says that Roger Bernadina, the career .243/.308/.360 hitter, may be included.

I’ll grant that Storen is better than Capps and that, because he’s injured right now, Span is not at a career high point.  But really, if the Nationals are able, for the second straight year, to trade a closer to the Twins for a solid player at a scarce defensive position, the Twins may as well just be disbanded by force or placed in protective custody so that they can do more harm to themselves or others.

Report: Nationals “not willing” to trade Drew Storen to Twins for Denard Span

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Earlier this week there were several reports about the Nationals pursuing Twins center fielder Denard Span and yesterday Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote that they might even be willing to give up closer Drew Storen to get something done.

Not so fast, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, who quotes “a baseball source” as saying the Nationals “are not willing to trade Storen for Span.”

Which is probably good news for the Twins anyway, because trading a 27-year-old center fielder with good leadoff skills and plus range for a 70-inning pitcher–albeit a very good, young, and cheap one in Storen–isn’t the greatest idea. It’s probably a moot point anyway, as Span has been on the disabled list for two months with a concussion.

Washington is definitely in the market for a long-term solution in center field, with various rumors linking them to Michael Bourn, B.J. Upton, Peter Bourjos, and others in addition to Span.

Rosenthal: Nationals may offer Drew Storen for Twins’ Denard Span

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It worked last year, as the Nationals picked up their long-term catcher by sending their closer to the Twins.  Now they could make a similar move, only grabbing a center fielder instead, if FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal is correct.

According to Rosenthal, Drew Storen may be in play in the trade talks between the Nationals and Twins regarding Denard Span.  Previous reports had shortstop Ian Desmond as the possible return for Minnesota, but the Twins may prefer getting a long-term closer instead.

And Drew Storen is definitely that.  The 23-year-old has a 2.37 ERA and is 25-for-28 saving games for the Nationals this season.  He’s under control through 2016, and he’s about as good of a bet as any current closer in the major leagues to still be in that role five years from now.

But do the Twins really want to go this route again?  Last year, they sent Wilson Ramos to the Nationals for Matt Capps.  It worked out just fine initially, as Capps has a 2.00 ERA and was 16-for-18 saving games for Minnesota down the stretch.  Plus, Ramos was always viewed as expendable because of Joe Mauer’s presence behind the plate.

However, Ramos would have been of great use to the Twins this year while Mauer missed most of the first half, and Capps, having blown seven of 22 save chances, has been getting booed off the mound at Target Field.

This one probably wouldn’t work out so badly.  Span is a nice regular and he’s not going to be a free agent until after 2014, but the Twins do have Ben Revere behind him, and while Revere probably won’t match Span offensively, he could be a decent regular at a bargain price.  Plus, their top position prospect, Aaron Hicks, also possesses the range to play center field in the majors.

I’d still give the idea of a Span-for-Storen swap a thumbs down for the Twins; there are better ways to cash in Span than trading him for a closer.  However, at least in this case, they’d be getting a whole lot more than a Matt Capps in return.

Nationals trade Drew Storen to the Blue Jays for Ben Revere

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The Nationals have traded reliever Drew Storen to the Blue Jays in exchange for outfielder Ben Revere, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. James Wagner of the Washington Post adds that the Nationals will also receive a player to be named later and the Blue Jays will receive cash considerations.

Storen, 28, is entering his fourth and final year of arbitration eligibility and is projected to earn $8.8 million according to MLB Trade Rumors. The right-hander has had a tumultuous tenure with the Nationals. He started out the 2015 season in exquisite fashion, posting a 1.73 ERA through his first 38 appearances.

However, the Nationals acquired Jonathan Papelbon from the Phillies near the end of July, and he usurped the closer’s role from Storen. Between Papelbon’s arrival and September 9, Storen — pitching mostly in the eighth inning and in lower-leverage situations — compiled a 6.75 ERA with worse strikeout and walk rates. Storen’s season ended after his September 9 appearance against the Mets, as he broke his thumb slamming his locker in anger.

It remains to be seen if Storen will assume the Blue Jays’ role as closer from Roberto Osuna, or if he will set up. The club should provide some clarity on the situation in the near future.

Revere, 27, hit a combined .306/.342/.377 between the Phillies and Blue Jays. The Phillies sent him to Toronto at the trade deadline for two minor league pitchers. Revere has two more years of arbitration eligibility left and his projected to earn $6.6 million by MLB Trade Rumors.

Michael Taylor was expected to get a shot at playing every day for the Nationals with Denard Span hitting free agency, but instead, Revere will handle center field and lead off for the Nationals.