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Updated: July 27th, 2011 10:16pm
Twins reportedly discussing trade with Nationals involving Denard Span

Twins reportedly discussing trade with Nationals involving Denard Span

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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Known to be searching for bullpen help, the Minnesota Twins are reportedly willing to consider dealing outfielder Denard Span before Sunday's non-waiver trade deadline.

Citing multiple sources, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday that the Nationals have talked to the Twins about a possible trade involving Span. Rosenthal speculated that shortstop Ian Desmond could make sense as compensation, adding that the Nats are unwilling to part with 23-year-old closer Drew Storen.

Rosenthal amended that report Wednesday, adding that the Nationals are continuing to target Span and, Storen may be in play.

On Wednesday evening, former Nationals GM and current radio host Jim Bowden reported that the two teams are "working hard" to on a "multi-player deal" involving Span and Storen.

In 104 2/3 career innings dating back to last year, Storen owns a 3.01 ERA and 3.24 FIP with 92 strikeouts, 34 walks and seven home runs allowed, with a fastball that rides in the mid- to upper-90s.

Span played nine innings in a rehab game for Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday night for the first time since landing on the disabled list with a concussion in early June, going 2-for-5 with a double.

Prior to being sidelined, Span was hitting .294/.361/.385 with two home runs, 15 RBIs and 32 runs scored in 255 plate appearances.

Signed through 2015, the 27-year-old is inked to an extremely team-friendly contract, as he is owed $340,000 the rest of this season, $3 million in 2012, $4.75 million in 2013, $6.5 million in 2014 and $9 million in 2015 if the Twins exercise a team option.

It's possible Span maybe viewed as somewhat expendable, due to the emergence of Ben Revere as an every-day starter over the last two months. But Revere is hitting just .249/.294/.283 after reaching base just once in five plate appearances Wednesday, and the Twins' other leadoff candidates -- Alexi Casilla and Tsuyoshi Nishioka -- own on-base percentages of .322 and .269, respectively.

Not to mention, outfielders Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel are set to become free agents at the end of the season, leaving the Twins in flux at the corner spots.

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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