Denard Span is unimpressed with my apples theory. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Denard Span traded to Washington

It was announced earlier this afternoon that Denard Span had been traded to the Washington Nationals in return for top pitching prospect Alex Meyer.

While it’s not the trade many Twins fans were clamoring for, I have to tell you: Meyer has a lot of upside. A 6’9” righty taken 23rd overall in the 2011 draft, Meyer had a strong debut in his first year as a pro, going 10-6 with a 2.86 ERA in Class-A ball.

Meyer won’t be helping the major league club immediately, but he gives the Twins something they’ve been needing in their system: a hard-throwing power pitcher with potential to become a top-of-the-rotation guy. Meyer had a 9.7 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in only 129 innings last season. However, I wouldn’t count on seeing Meyer pitch at Target Field before the 2014 season at the earliest. In the meantime, here’s a video of the tall righty.

What else does this mean for the Twins? Not only does Span go to Washington, but so does his $4.75 million salary. That means GM Terry Ryan has an estimated $30 million or so to work with now to fix the rotation for 2013. If I were a betting man, I’d count on another new Twin by this time next week at the close of the Winter Meetings in Nashville.

 

 

 

 

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