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Updated: July 31st, 2011 3:15pm
Span stays: Despite several discussions, Twins stand pat at deadline

Span stays: Despite several discussions, Twins stand pat at deadline

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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Denard Span isn't going anywhere.

The 3 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline passed Sunday without a peep from the Minnesota Twins, who elected not to swing any deals.

The Twins were deeply involved in discussions with the Washington Nationals about a trade that would send Span to the National League in exchange for bullpen help -- reportedly closer Drew Storen, and possibly others.

That trade did not happen.

In a conference call with reporters, general manager Bill Smith said the Twins "had a lot of activity, we had a lot of calls, we made progress on a number of possibilities, but we just couldn't get to the finish line.

"And it's disappointing because we've had an awful lot of people do an awful lot of work."

The Twins also elected to hang onto the expiring contracts of Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel and Jim Thome, as well as other potential trade pieces such as Joe Nathan and Matt Capps, verifying the team's recent message that they are indeed pushing for a division title.

"We're in contention," Smith said in the conference call, "and there's no question this club has the talent to contend and win this division. We've done it a number of times over the last decade."

He added, "I'd rather make no deal than a bad deal."

Expect the Twins to continue their search for bullpen help into August, when it's possible general manager Bill Smith and company could still claim a reliever off waivers or swing a trade prior to the waiver deadline on August 31.

The team has been scouting and calling about bullpen help for at least the last month, and beyond left-hander Glen Perkins and right-handers Joe Nathan and Matt Capps, the current options have not been very reliable.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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