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Updated: July 31st, 2011 10:00am
Span wants to be a Twin 'for the rest of the deal I signed a year ago'

Span wants to be a Twin 'for the rest of the deal I signed a year ago'

by Phil Mackey
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With the Minnesota Twins and Washington Nationals deeply involved in trade talks as the 3 p.m. Sunday deadline approaches, outfielder Denard Span -- the centerpiece of those talks -- has made his feelings clear.

"I want to be in a twins uniform after today and for the rest of the deal I Signed a year ago!" Span said Sunday morning in a tweet. "To my teammates that I hope I see again u guys know what type of person and team player I am."

That deal, which pays Span less than $25 million total through 2015, is one of the most team-friendly deals in baseball.

Span is currently in Rochester, where he is scheduled to play his final Triple-A rehab game Sunday before rejoining the Twins in Anaheim on Monday -- barring a trade.

The latest reports have the Twins asking for Nationals closer Drew Storen, plus others, in a package for Span.

But Span could play an integral part over the next two months in helping the Twins dig out of a six-game deficit in the American League Central -- a climb the team has seemingly committed to, considering there are no strong indications they play to trade the expiring contracts of Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel and Jim Thome.

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