The Minnesota Twins dealt Denard Span to the Washington Nationals in 2012 for a pitcher named Alex Meyer. Meyer was a first round pick of the Nationals and widely regarded as one of the best young prospects in baseball. Spand was a fan favorite in Minnesota and the starting center fielder. He will now be will the Nationals a bit longer.
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Robert Murray of MLB Daily Rumors has confirmed that the Nationals will be exercising their club option on Span, effectively keeping him with the club through the 2015 season.
At points during 2014, trading Span was a talking point for the Nationals. He went on a late season tear however and wound up slashing .302/.355/.416. He had a career high 184 hits and also stole a career high 31 bases.
Span will be 31 years old heading into 2015, but he has proven he still has plenty left to give. He is a strong option in an outfield that includes injury prone players like Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper, and he also handles the bat well out of the leadoff spot.
As the Washington Nationals look to again chase another World Series run, Denard Span will be their table setter.
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