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.