With Shane Victorino now a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Cincinnati Reds have shifted their focus to other lead-off hitters. This includes talks with the Twins about Denard Span, according to Scott Miller of CBS Sports. It seems that Span is a perfect fit as a hitter who gets on base, makes a lot of good contact, made a beautiful catch last night, wears a well-maintained and handsome beard, and has a tendency to snip at people on Twitter. OK, so maybe he is a not good fit for all of the reasons I just listed. In return for Span the Twins will presumably ask for young pitching to re-establish their organizational depth in that regard.
Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Texas Rangers, in their exhausting derby with the division rival Los Angeles Angels, have started talks with the Twins about stud relief pitcher Jared Burton. If a “pitching for pitching” deal for Burton were to take shape, the Twins would have to be sure they were making a decided improvement to their system. Otherwise, it is hard to imagine a scenario where it is worth parting with a guy who might be able to solidify the situation in the back of the bullpen for the coming years.