Updated: 11/30/2012 10:03 AM KSTP.com By: Chris Long
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS' Chris Long spoke to Denard Span on the phone minutes after his trade from the Minnesota Twins to the Washington Nationals became official. Click the video box on this page to hear their conversation.
Denard Span trade rumors had been flying around Target Field the last two seasons. Finally, a deal has been made to ship him to the Washington Nationals.
The Twins announced Span is off to Washington in exchange for right handed pitcher Alex Meyer.
The Nationals drafted Meyer - a 22-year old out of the University of Kentucky - in the first round of the 2011 draft.
Standing 6-foot-9, Meyer went 10-6 with a 2.86 ERA in the minors last season at Hagerstown and Potomac.
Span was the focus of several rumors in the offseason and in days leading up to the trading deadline the past two seasons. One such rumor had him going to Washington before the 2011 trade deadline.
Span has spent his entire professional career in the Twins organization. In his five MLB seasons with the Twins, he played 589 games, batting .284 with 23 home runs, 231 RBI and 90 stolen bases and grew into one of the most highly-regarded center fielders in baseball.