Meyer and Span
Posted 30 January 2014 - 08:48 AM
Posted 30 January 2014 - 09:16 AM
Posted 30 January 2014 - 12:02 PM
As things sit right now, I really like this trade for the Twins.
Posted 30 January 2014 - 12:06 PM
It was a good trade for both teams... But it looks like it's going to work out a little better for the Twins because the Nats stumbled last year. Again, not Span's fault.
Posted 30 January 2014 - 06:34 PM
Slam dunk for the Twins on paper, but injuries and such happen.
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Posted 30 January 2014 - 08:17 PM
Posted 31 January 2014 - 08:28 AM
To me, this is a clear win for the Twins. Span is about a 2 WAR player. Meyer's upside is 4-5 WAR. Also, Meyer will be a cheap player at that WAR level for a few more years before Span gets expensive.
Span has a fWAR of 3.6 and 3.5 the past two years.
The Nationals wanted to win now. Span did his part to help that happen, though the rest of the the team didn't live up to their potential.
The Twins wanted to win in a couple of years. Meyer looks like he's going to do his part to help that happen.
I still don't see a "winner" because the two teams had very different goals.
Posted 31 January 2014 - 09:16 AM
The Nationals were (are) close to contention and needed a reliable CF. They dealt from a position of strength (starting pitching) to acquire the piece they needed.
The Twins were in need of high quality starting pitching and dealt from a position of strength (CF) to make that deal happen.
If Meyer turns into the player the experts are projecting him to be - I think it's a win for both sides. (Assuming Span continues to play at the same level for the next couple of seasons).
Posted 31 January 2014 - 09:23 AM
For what its worth here's an article written by a DC sportswriter after the 2013 season. At this point this trade really looks win win. Span performed decently and Meyer was great but had the injury issues. As in any trade involving prospects its going to be awhile til we can evaluate this one fully.
Posted 31 January 2014 - 09:33 AM
The entire reason it happened is because it made sense for both teams. If the Nats make a playoff run in the next few years (completely possible) Span will be a big part of it. If the Twins turn it around in the next few years, Meyer will most likely be a part of it. Both teams win this IMO.
Posted 31 January 2014 - 12:09 PM
The Twins weren't going to have much of a difference for keeping Span and it would/could make a difference for the Nationals.
Meyer has enough upside to even if he does 'better' (WAR) than Span, the timing of it made it a good trade because Meyer couldn't give those 2-4 Wins that Span could at that time.
It's why I'm not so hot on Stephen Drew at this time. I don't see the necessity of spending $10-12M per for a 1...maybe 2 Win upgrade over a $500k a year player and when his timing of contribution to a winner, 2015 and beyond, is very slim.
Posted 31 January 2014 - 12:24 PM
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