News broke this evening that the Minnesota Twins had dealt CF Denard Span to the Washington Nationals for minor league pitcher Alex Meyer. This ends trade rumors surrounding Span that stretch back to the Reagan administration. Much of those rumored trade partners for the Twins usually involved the Reds. Off the table now is one of the few viable (and semi-affordable) options at the leadoff position that it is believed the Reds were in the market for. Span was signed for two more years at $11.25 million total with a final year option for $9 million.
The most interesting part of this move for me is the implications for Michael Bourn. The Nats were far and away considered the front runner for his services since the beginning of the offseason but now seem to have filled his potential spot. While I am sure that regardless of the Nats willingness to sign Bourn he would still be out of the Reds’ budget, it does increase the chances that the Reds may reconsider the center fielder. Though it only increases the chances from ‘absolutely impossible’ to ‘very highly unlikely’ at this point however.