Storen for Span straight up? YES, in a heartbeat – Rizzo would have to be wearing a mask and carrying a gun to pull that off. An everyday leadoff hitter at a need position (two, really; except for two months of Morgan in 2009 the Nats have never had a good leadoff hitter to set up the middle of the order) is just worth more than a relief pitcher, who only affects a certain number of games. And certainly more than a relief pitcher for a last place team. More will be required to get Span, and the question is: how much more? I’m guessing it would take Desmond, Storen and a mid-tier (#8-15) prospect to bring him. And if I’m the Nationals I do that trade IF Span’s concussion problems are behind him.
Only if it can be confirmed that Span has recovered from his concussion—and that’s a few years away!
@JCC and @Brandon…
You both make great points/arguments, which is what makes this such a tough question for the Nats and GM Mike Rizzo. They need a CF + leadoff hitter worse than anything right now, as they do not have anyone in the organization that can fill that need right now, but to trade Storen they then create a new hole and Span taking two months to recover from the concussion worries me as well.
Not sure how I would feel about a one for one swap, and I am really curious to see how this poll ends up.
Storen is one of the best 2 young closers in baseball. He should be a part of this team for the next 10 years and when this team is ready to compete he will be a vital piece. Closers of Storen’s caliber are hard to come by, maybe not as hard as a good leadoff-hitting center fielder, but hard nonetheless. I don’t think Denard Span is a good enough leadoff-hitting center fielder to sacrifice Drew Storen. I certainly would not add another prospect. The Nationals are still a year or two away from being a contender so why not buy a servicable center fielder in the offseason, draft one you can develop, and keep a budding star in Storen.
Well done representing the “No” side, couldn’t have put the counter-argument any better.
I agree with Brandon – the key to this trade is Span’s health. A concussion is something you don’t mess around with. I am not a hockey fan but Sidney Crosby never came back as strong and I believe Morneau also had one. IF, he is totally healthy I make this trade in a heartbeat.
Marc, you are assuming Storen stays 1. healthy and 2. dominant for the next 10 years. You can actually count on one hand the number of relief pitchers who have done so. We have built up our pitching in the minors but for some reason our position players are not coming along as well. Eury Perez and Destin Hood are prospects still and we haven’t even signed our draft pick. If Span is healthy, he takes care of a position that has been a weak spot. Relief Pitching will be ok without Storen.
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