According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports the Nationals are hearing offers for center fielder Denard Span. As I wrote on Thursday, Denard Span was awarded with the award for best defender on the Nats. He didn’t commit an error all season and was pretty decent at the plate. It was his first season in the National League, and he did a good job of adjusting.
Span was acquired by the Nationals last offseason for top pitching prospect Alex Meyer, who is now doing great for the Minnesota Twins in the Arizona Fall League. Span in his first season had a slash line of .279/.327/.380. He isn’t a power hitter by any stretch of the imagination but he did lead the league in triples (11).
The only reason the Nats are willing to trade him is because of another report of Jon Heyman, that the Nationals are one of many teams in the running for Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. This would be a major upgrade for the Nationals in the long run. Ellsbury stole a league-leading 52 bases last season. Span is a great center fielder but Ellsbury in the lead off spot is what makes this possible deal great.
The General Manager/Owner meetings start Monday in Orlando, Florida. This could be the place a deal could be made in the Nationals favor.
Let us know in the comment section if you would like the Nationals to keep Span or if they should go after Ellsbury!