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D-Span: Nats get Denard Span from Twins for prospect Alex Meyer

Since time immemorial, Washington Nationals general managers have craved a centerfielder who could lead off. Why GMs Jim Bowden and Mike Rizzo were so insistent for those two skillsets combined is a mystery that may never be fully understood. That led to experiments with the likes of Nook Logan, Lastings Milledge and Nyjer Morgan. Now, Rizzo believes he has acquired the player once thought to be an impossible dream. Denard Span (Baseball Reference) is coming to D.C.

Span, previously with the Minnesota Twins, was actually born in the nation’s capital(Nationals Journal, The Post) when his mother went labor earlier than expected. Speaking his mother, he hit her with a foul ball in spring training once (Nats Enquirer). She was fine (twinsbaseball.com).

Naturally, the newest Nat will be known as D-SPAN. It is probably only a matter of time before Brian Lamb is asked to comment.

Denard Span - D-SPAN

Back to the field, the ramifications of Span’s arrival are many and let’s just say, if you were looking forward to Michael Morse and Adam LaRoche playing together again, you will probably be disappointed. Morse won’t be a starting outfielder with Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper manning the corners and Span in center. That means he has to supplant LaRoche at first or be sent elsewhere. LaRaoche is unsigned at this point, but the Nats still want him. This, and what losing another pitching prospect in Alex Meyer, means is explained well here: Ripple effects from the Alex Meyer-Denard Span trade (Nationals Journal, The Post). It seems like a solid trade that screams the Nats are in “WIN NOW” mode which is a pretty good sign.


Rizzo: Span will “come into his own” in WashingtonCSN Washington

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Nats sign 2011 draft picks, Rendon, Meyer, Goodwin, Purke others

Nationals spend $16.5 million to sign draft picks, including Anthony Rendon, Matt Purke The Post
Nats sign all top draft picks CSN Washington
Nats beat the clock, sign top five draft picksThe Wash. Times
The Washington Nationals signed their top 13 draft picks by this morning’s draft deadline. The first four:

#6 Anthony Rendon, Rice, 3B
#23 Alex Meyer, Kentucky, RHP
#34 Brian Goodwin, Miami Dade College, OF
#96 Mathew Purke, TCU, LHP

Rendon and Purke were both added to the 40 man roster, just like Bryce Harper was last year. So, um, that’s good, right? I don’t follow the draft closely enough to know whether signing two players to major league deals is wise, but it seems unusual and a bit constraining. The Nats also spent over the recommended slots for many players which is wise, because spending on draft picks costs pennies on the dollar compared to spending on free agents (see Werth, Jayson).

By the way, both Rendon and Purke have had injury issues. For Rendon, it was a shoulder, for Purke his elbow. Warning flags to be sure, but concerns about them let them fall to the Nats. The draft is being seen as a successful one for the Nats, perhaps their most sucessful yet.

GM Mike Rizzo is excited and thinks the Nats are the talk of the league. I don’t know about that. As his tenure goes on, I become more convinced that Rizzo is a scouting director at heart and a bit out of his league at the major league level (see Riggleman, Jim) but that can improve.

Scott Boras made a bit of money yesterday, three of the top four are his clients.

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