Washington deals for Denard Span

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Minnesota dealt Denard Span to Washington for minor league pitcher Alex Meyer on Thursday.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Minnesota dealt Denard Span to Washington for minor league pitcher Alex Meyer on Thursday.

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 RBI, 90 steals and a .357 on-base percentage during five seasons with the Twins.

The acquisition allows the Nationals to potentially move 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.

REDS: Signed former Burke County star Jonathan Broxton to a $21 million, three-year contract.

He filled in as the closer when Aroldis Chapman developed a tired shoulder and had four saves in six chances overall with a 2.82 ERA.

The team has told Chap­man to prepare for next season as a starter, although it hasn’t committed to Broxton as the closer.

YANKEES: Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera will return for another season.

Pettitte completed a one-year deal worth $12 million, while Rivera agreed to a one year deal worth $10 million guaranteed, plus extra performance and awards incentives.

ROYALS: Agreed to a $1.75 million contract with right-hander Felipe Paulino and will avoid salary arbitration.

PIRATES: Agreed to terms with free agent catcher Russell Martin.

The contract is worth $17 million over two-years pending a physical.


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