Nats Interested in Denard Span…again
June 27, 2012 in Uncategorized
Denard Span, BJ Upton, Peter Bourjos and the Washington Nationals. It's a saga that has seemingly been going on forever since the downfall of Nyjer Morgan and the Nats' continued pursuit of an every day center fielder. Bryce Harper has certainly filled in admirably but the Nats still feel like they need an upgrade in the middle of their outfield and at the top of their batting order. According to ESPN 1500 Twin Cities the Nationals have been back at Twins games, presumably scouting Denard Span and some other Twins players. But what does this potential move mean for the current Nats roster?
Basically, the Nationals have one current spot left in their outfield. Could this potential move possibly mean that Jayson Werth's wrist injury is worst off than anticipated? Originally it was thought that Werth could come back late July or early August. Certainly if Werth was to come back that there would be no logical spot for Denard Span. Or could the potential of bringing in Span go even deeper into the Nats thinking? Michael Morse hasn't begun to even resemble the "Beast Mode" version of last year batting .250 with one home run and nine RBI. Could the Nats look to cut the cord on the veteran, move Harper to left and bring in a legit center fielder? The Nats could then pick up Adam LaRoche's option for 2013 and basically be set for next year. Morse's value could be relatively high right now and perhaps he could bring in a solid relief pitcher, along with a prospect?
Beyond the hypothetical situation surrounding Morse, the Nationals biggest trade piece remains John Lannan. Lannan has been pitching better at AAA Syracuse but his $5 million price tag still is scaring away some teams and definitely would not be music to the Twins ears. Certainly Mike Rizzo could figure a deal out, but would one solution be taking on the contract of struggling Japanese import Tsuyoshi Nishioka? The Nats are looking for an infield upgrade over Mark DeRosa, perhaps their is a chance Nishioka could add a spark off the Nats bench?
Whatever the path, Davey Johnson would enjoy putting Span in his lineup. The 28 year old, DC born veteran continues to produce batting .276 this year with three home runs, seven stolen bases, and nineteen RBI. Can the Nationals finally get their center fielder?