Ex-Nationals OF Roger Bernadina would welcome chance to play for Twins
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins would be a preferable landing spot for former Washington Nationals outfielder Roger Bernadina, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to 1500 ESPN on Tuesday.
Bernadina is on waivers, having been placed there after the Nationals acquired Chicago Cubs outfielder David DeJesus.
It's unclear if the interest is mutual, but the source suggested that he expects Bernadina to clear waivers.
Bernadina was one name mentioned nationally in rumors between the Twins and Nationals when trade talks first heated up for center fielder Denard Span around the 2011 trade deadline. Those rumors listed Bernadina as a possible second player, with deposed closer Drew Storen as the primary trade piece.
That rumor was later debunked by a Twins source.
Span was dealt to the Nationals last winter by the Twins for pitching prospect Alex Meyer.
Bernadina is 29-years-old, and in the midst of the worst season in his six-year big league career. The Curacao native was hitting only .178/.247/.270 in 167 plate appearances this year, but is coming off a career-best season in 2012 (.291/.372/.405). Bernadina is considered a good defensive outfielder in the corners, but spotty in center field.