Span traded to the Nats for pitcher Alex Meyer
By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: November 30th, 2012 at 12:47 am EST
This off-season, the Washington Nationals knew they had to acquire a center fielder.
In one deal, the Nats were able to acquire the center field that they’ve coveted. While the team acquired Denard Span from the Minnesota Twins, the Nationals had to give up one of their best young pitchers in Alex Meyer.
Span is owed $4.75 million for the 2013 season, and $6.5 million for the 2014 season. He also has a $9 million club option for the 2015 season.
Last season, Span had a .283 batting average in a 128 games. He also had four home runs and 41 RBI’s.
Meyer was minor league baseball’s 23rd overall prospect. He is also one of the top young pitchers as well.
The 22-year-old only has one-year of professional baseball under his belt. The former Kentucky Wildcats pitcher broke out as a junior in 2011.
As a college pitcher, he had four complete games with 110 strikeouts in 101 innings. He was a first-round selection in the 2011 draft, where he was drafted with the sixth overall pick.
Span is one of the best center fielders in the game. In five seasons, he has a .284 batting average with 70 walks and 45 extra base hits annually.
He is expected to bat leadoff for the Nationals during the 2013 season. He has also averaged around 9% walk ratio over the past several seasons.
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