Span traded to Nats for RHP Meyer

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins traded center fielder Denard Span to the Nationals for Minor League right-hander Alex Meyer, the club announced Thursday.

Meyer, 22, posted a 2.86 ERA with 139 strikeouts and 45 walks in 129 innings split between Class A Hagerstown and Class A Advanced Potomac. It was his first professional season, as he was drafted by the Nationals as the No. 23 overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

The 6-foot-9 right-hander is ranked as the No. 50 overall prospect according to MLB.com and was Washington’s No. 2 prospect. Meyer is regarded as a power arm, as he possesses a 97 mph fastball with a slider in the upper 80s.

Span, meanwhile, leaves the Twins after five years in Minnesota. The center fielder has a career .284/.357/.389 batting line with 23 homers, 230 RBIs, 360 runs and 90 stolen bases in 589 games.

He fills two major needs for the Nationals, as they were looking for a center fielder and leadoff hitter. The two clubs were heavily linked as trade partners for Span before the Trade Deadline in 2011 and 2012.

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