Denard Span poised to steal more bases 

August, 3, 2011

I thought it was odd that the Minnesota Twins and Washington Nationals were discussing a trade this past weekend that would have presumably sent outfielder Denard Span to the National League, with the Nationals parting with closer Drew Storen. Ultimately the deal did not get done. I like Span. When healthy, he is a good defender in center field, gets on base and can steal. Storen is a young closer, the other real-life first-rounder in the Stephen Strasburg draft.

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Icon SMIDenard Span had averaged 22 stolen bases in his first three seasons in the majors.
Span is back on the Twins after missing nearly two months because of a concussion. He was hitting .294 before the DL stint, with only five stolen bases in 56 games, and I admit it didn't make a ton of sense to keep Span, the No. 47 outfielder on average in ESPN live drafts and a 20th-round pick overall, owned in standard leagues. But now he's back. He's available in 70 percent of leagues. And he can help a fantasy team.