Hayden Goethe, Published July 30 2011
Shopping Span: Trade rumors swirl heading into Sunday's deadline, and a Twins outfielder is in the middle of them
The Washington Times and Fox Sports are among the media outlets to report that the Washington Nationals are interested in acquiring center fielder Denard Span from the Minnesota Twins.
Span is currently on a rehab assignment in the minor leagues as he works his way back from a concussion.
Fox Sports reported Friday that trade talks between the two teams are ongoing. The negotiations are reportedly built around Span and Nats reliever Drew Storen, while Nats outfielder Roger Bernadina is also in the mix.
2. Will any team take Kevin Slowey?
Kevin Slowey’s inability to adjust to a bullpen role with the Twins earlier this season makes him the most likely candidate to be traded before the trade deadline Sunday.
Slowey was once considered one of the Twins’ prized pitching prospects. But the 27-year-old has reportedly fallen out of favor with the organization, despite showing impressive command (career 4.6 K-to-BB ratio) on the mound.
Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown wrote on Twitter earlier this week that the Colorado Rockies are among the teams interested in Slowey.
3. Soon-to-be free agents may be coveted
Two names frequently thrown about in trade rumors are Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel. Both Twins outfielders have enjoyed productive years at the plate, and both will be free agents at the end of the season.
Cuddyer made it to his first All-Star team earlier this month, while Kubel appeared to be headed to the All-Star Game before suffering an injury in late May that caused him to miss more than a month of the season.
Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal reported Friday that the Twins are more likely to trade Kubel than Cuddyer. Both players are drawing strong interest.
Other reports have linked the Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants as having interest in Cuddyer.