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Why Atlanta could be looking at Twins' Span

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08:13 AM ET 11.21 | If the stat lines on free agent Michael Bourn and Denard Span aren't all that different, might a team be able to make a less painful deal work for the latter?. [The] biggest difference between the two players is the acquisition cost. For Bourn, it will be a sizable contract and a high draft pick. For Span, it will be an accomplished starting pitcher, plus his club-friendly deal -- two years, $11.25 million, plus a $9 million club option for 2015. The Twins might not get the package they want, considering that Josh Hamilton, B.J. Upton and Angel Pagan are among the other center fielders available. ... But if you're, say, the Braves -- a team relatively deep in starting pitching -- Span might represent a more logical play than one of the free agents.

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November 21, 2012  09:40 AM ET

Span and Upton would round out the outfield nicely.

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November 21, 2012  10:46 AM ET

Bourne won't cost Atlanta a draft pick, but he will likely cost more money than Span. The question for Atlanta is are you better off with Bourne and your pitcher or losing Bourne and a pitcher for Span?

I don't know if Atlanta can work with Boras well enough to get the job done, otherwise it is a no-brainer; pay a few more dollars and keep your pitcher.

November 21, 2012  10:46 AM ET

I don't see the Braves opening the purse strings to much. They will probably do a trade versus signing a big named FA.

November 21, 2012  11:04 AM ET
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As much as I'd hate to not see Span hitting leadoff for the Twins, this is necessary in order to improve the pitching staff.

Revere can fill in nicely STUD outfielder

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November 21, 2012  11:23 AM ET

i think michael bourn its boras player a tough reason WHY? the braves would look at different options,,

November 21, 2012  11:24 AM ET

braves aren't planning to sign any player to a long term, and with boras in front of those players as the agent in charge thinks could be more than hefty...

 
November 25, 2012  12:02 PM ET

braves have money to spend and are gonna do it this offseason according to general manager frank wren and team president john schuerholtz

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