Friday, July 29, 2011

Span-Storen trade hitting a crucial point

The biggest trade rumor surrounding the Minnesota Twins this week has been a deal in which the Twins would send center fielder Denard Span to the Washington Nationals in exchange for relief pitcher Drew Storen. With the deadline being only a couple days away, the talks might have hit a crucial point in the negotiation process.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Nationals might be upping their offer to the Twins by adding Roger Bernadina to the mix. He also notes that Bernadina might not be the only other player that will be added to this trade. This opens even more speculation into the players that could be involved and what each team is asking for in return for some of their young MLB talent.

Bernadina is only a career .243 hitter with an OBS of .308 but he does have the ability to steal bases with 16 steals in only 71 games played this season. At this point in his career, he has struggled to get playing time with the Nationals so it will be interesting to see if the Twins feel this is a welcome addition to a Span-Storen trade.

The talks may have reached a breaking point earlier today with each team expressing their concern over different sides of the deal. The Twins want more in return for Span, one of the best lead off hitters in the game and a very good defensive center fielder. On the other side, the Nationals are worried about the concussion that Span suffered at the beginning of last month.

Both sides seem to want the best deal possible and I think each side would be content with keeping the players that they currently have on their roster. The Nationals seem to be the ones that are pressing the issue as reports have noted that the Twins had no interest in trading Span. The offer the Twins get is going to have to be one that the team feels works highly in their favor.

Span offered his own own comment regarding the trade rumors that have been swirling around the young outfielder. It is pretty funny take for a man whose future and career could be taking a drastic change in the next couple days.

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