What do the Twins do with Denard Span

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Denard Span 150x150 What do the Twins do with Denard SpanWhen the Minnesota Twins used the 20th overall pick of the 2002 MLB draft on Denard Span, a lot of the draft analysts were surprised and felt the Twins had reached for him. For years, that analysis seemed to be spot on as Span continued to struggle offensively in the minors. Even the Twins had ultimately given up on him becoming an everyday player in 2007, when they decided they needed to get a center fielder back in any Johan Santana trade (good thing they chose Carlos Gomez).

After injuries forced the Twins to simply give Span a shot at the major league level, he surprised everyone by hitting .294/.387/.432 in 93 games, with his plate discipline improving substantially at the big league level. In 2009 he quieted any “fluke” talk by hitting .311/.392/.415 in 145 games, and it appeared the Twins had found their lead-off hitter for years to come. The Twins were impressed and decided to lock Span up long-term, and he’s making $3MM this year, $4.75MM next season and $6MM in 2014, with a $9MM team option for 2015. That’s a very team friendly deal for the kind of outfielder Span was his first two seasons in the majors.  Read more here…

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