Washington Nationals acquire Denard Span from Minnesota Twins for minor leaguer

Minnesota Twins outfielder Denard Span prepares to bat Minnesota Twins outfielder Denard Span prepares to bat during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. The Washington Nationals acquired Span from the Twins for minor league pitcher Alex Meyer on Nov. 29. (June 21, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals have acquired outfielder Denard Span from the Minnesota Twins for minor league pitcher Alex Meyer, giving the reigning NL East champions a leadoff hitter and center fielder.

Span is a career .284 hitter with 23 home runs, 230 RBIs, 90 steals and a .357 on-base percentage during five seasons with the Twins.

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The acquisition of Span allows the Nationals potentially to move 20-year-old Bryce Harper to left field, with Jayson Werth staying in right. Michael Morse could then move to first base -- the position played by free agent slugger Adam LaRoche.

Meyer went 10-6 with a 2.86 ERA at Class A this year.

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