Reds Interested In Denard Span

The Reds have “kicked the tires” on Denard Span, but have yet to have substantial talks with the Twins, a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking told Ken Rosenthal of the FOX Sports.  Cincinnati had scouts with an eye on the outfielder for the Twins' series against the White Sox.

However, Rosenthal opines that potential free agents Shane Victorino and Juan Pierre are probably are more realistic targets for the Reds as they look for a leadoff hitter.  Meanwhile, Span's affordable contract could make his asking price higher than it would be for a rental.  The 28-year-old will make $3MM this season, $4.75MM in 2013, and $6.5MM in 2014, with a $9MM club option for ’15.

If the Reds do decide to make a run at Span, they could use left-hander Tony Cingrani to entice the Twins, who are in need of young pitching.

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  1. Gunner65 3 years ago

    I have to agree with Rosenthal … I think the Twins asking price will be higher than the Reds will want to pay. But he’d sure look good in a Cincy uniform

  2. slasher016 3 years ago

    The Reds aren’t moving Cingrani. So if that’s what it takes, no chance at a deal. The Reds have two untouchables Cingrani is one of the two.

  3. make it happen jocketty

  4. No way he reds will trade cingrani hes one of the reds best arm in the minor leagues plus he lefthanded

  5. I’d love to see Span as a Red!

    • Leachpunk 3 years ago

      Span or Juan Pierre, both are great leadoff hitters, Pierre is a better base stealer, but both hit over 300, which is better than any leadoff hitter we’ve put in the lineup thus far, except for BP.

      • Devon Henry 3 years ago

        If Pierre is such a “great leadoff hitter” then why didnt anyone want to sign him in the offseason?

        • Jay King 3 years ago

          He is not a great leadoff hitter but he is better than anything the Reds have used. though Stubbs is showing some signs of life since Votto went down.

  6. Billy Hamilton

  7. I would give up Cingrani and Did for Span! Get it done Walt!

    • slasher016 3 years ago

      No way. He’s an upgrade sure, but you don’t give up your best arm for him. Didi is a possibility but not with Cingrani.

  8. frozeninbemidji 3 years ago

    Are you saying that Span is not a leadoff hitter? He’s not your big time base stealer but he takes as many or more quality ABs as any leadoff hitter in the American league..

    • slasher016 3 years ago

      No one said Span wasn’t a leadoff hitter, just that it’s less likely the Reds would give what it would take to acquire him.

      • frozeninbemidji 3 years ago

        Sorry, my reading comprehension r not the best sometimes. For some reason I thought it read “Victorino and Pierre would be more realistic targets as they are looking for a leadoff hitter.”

  9. Leachpunk 3 years ago

    No Billy Hamilton or Tony Cingrani, but we’ll give up Stubbs, Gregorious and Xavier Paul, let’s get it done!

    • FacelessGeneralManager 3 years ago

      I like how you are trying to trade Paul, the guy that was just signed, like he is worth something to the twins.

      • Leachpunk 3 years ago

        I really don’t think any of the guys I mentioned are worth anything to any team, but that’s my opinion… Gregorious is the most valuable of the 3 I mentioned.

    • Sky14 3 years ago

      Why would the Twins have any interest in Stubbs or Paul?

      • ian 3 years ago

        They wouldn’t. They need pitching.

      • slasher016 3 years ago

        After the last two nights I can think of a team or two that would be interested in Stubbs.

      • Leachpunk 3 years ago

        I’m not worried about the Twins end of the deal obviously…

        • Leachpunk 3 years ago

          The 3 down voters think I should care about the Twins end of the deal? Or they’re lame…

    • ian 3 years ago

      Wow, so you’ll give up nothing for a guy on pace for a 4.5-5.0 WAR season (after putting up a 2.5 WAR last year in 70 games). Mighty sporting of you.

  10. Rbraz 3 years ago

    Span for Stephenson, Cozart and Crabbe

  11. what about JC Sulbaran? Cingani or Sulbaran would be good for the Twins.. get it done TR

  12. Just trade him already Terry. No point in holding back any longer, so let’s trade him before he gets injured like Matt Capps and loses all his value.

  13. I would be ok if the reds would include heisey in a deal for span with a pitcher as long its not cingrani

  14. Gunner65 3 years ago

    If we go on the assumption Cingrani & Hamilton are the Reds untouchables and that the Twins want pitching then we’re looking at some combo package of:
    Corcino, Lotzkar, Joseph, Sulbaran, Hoover, and Villareal

  15. formerdraftpick 3 years ago

    I think the Pirates have given up on their quest for Victorino, because they just called up Marte and sent down Even Meek.

  16. I could see Lotzkar and either Stubbs or Heisey making this deal. I’d rather keep Heisey honestly, despite Stubbs’ performance over the past few days. He could be turning the corner, sure, but if we picked up Span, we’d have a log jam out there with Heisey, Stubbs, Ludwick all fighting for playing time in LF and CF, 4 guys for 2 spots.

    • Sky14 3 years ago

      Might make sense for the Reds but the Twins are unlikely to have great interest in either.

  17. Beavis De Beppo 3 years ago

    Why not Dexter Fowler? Seems like the Rox might be more reasonable/flexible trading partners.

  18. bringbackericthered 3 years ago

    good lord I do not get the Cingrani love. He has 2 good pitches and neither are really dominating. If Cingrani got us Span I would be okay because of the length of the contract. Robert Stephenson is gonna be ready sooner rather than later. We have no outfield bats even remotely close to the big league club and that is what we need.

    • As long as Corcino is still here I am good with trading Cingrani or Lotzark

    • slasher016 3 years ago

      Have you looked at his numbers? 1.66 career minors ERA, 162 IP, 110 hits, 210 strikeouts. 0.912 WHIP. And this is at three different stops (Rookie, A+, AA). If that’s not dominant, I don’t know what is.

      • ian 3 years ago

        He’s a nice pitcher but minor league numbers aren’t the end all/be all. His strike out rates are nice but everyone in Pensacola has good strike out rates. John Sickels updated his midseason top 100 and had Cingrini #94. He’s still working on finding a third pitch. His upside is that of a solid #3 starter but he could very easily end up back in the pen if he remains a two-pitch pitcher.

        • Alex 3 years ago

          The Twins have filled their rotation with 3-4-5 starters for years, sounds like a fit to me.

  19. Tim 3 years ago

    I also wonder what it would take to pry away Dexter Fowler from the Rockies. If the Reds are all-in for the next 3 years, he makes the most sense out of any CF/leadoff hitter as he is still under team control for the next two years.

    • Sky14 3 years ago

      Unlike Span, who can be controlled for the next three years.

  20. Gothapotamus 3 years ago

    The Twins are in need of young everything.

  21. Jay King 3 years ago

    Yeah not your best pitcher in the minors though!!

  22. asovermann 3 years ago

    Alot of scouts think Cingrani is a RP, both Corcino and Stephenson are ahead of him as far as prospects ranks go

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