Denard Span poised to steal more bases

Updated: August 3, 2011, 3:36 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

I thought it was odd that the Minnesota Twins and Washington Nationals were discussing a trade this past weekend that would have presumably sent outfielder Denard Span to the National League, with the Nationals parting with closer Drew Storen. Ultimately the deal did not get done. I like Span. When healthy, he is a good defender in center field, gets on base and can steal. Storen is a young closer, the other real-life first-rounder in the Stephen Strasburg draft.

Span is back on the Twins after missing nearly two months because of a concussion. He was hitting .294 before the DL stint, with only five stolen bases in 56 games, and I admit it didn't make a ton of sense to keep Span, the No. 47 outfielder on average in ESPN live drafts and a 20th-round pick overall, owned in standard leagues. But now he's back. He's available in 70 percent of leagues. And he can help a fantasy team.

There are those who enjoy watching rookie Ben Revere play -- he is exciting in the outfield -- and couldn't understand why the Twins would remove him from the lineup for Span. Just look at on-base percentage. It isn't close. Revere was stealing bases, but a .300 OBP doesn't cut it for a leadoff hitter. Span can do better. He led off Tuesday night and went hitless in three at-bats, but drew a walk and stole a base. It was a good sign. I can't call Span a major difference maker for fantasy these final two months, but if he hits .300 and steals double-digit bases, each certainly possible based on his ability and track record, he'll make an impact.