MINNESOTA, MN - APRIL 2: Denard Span #2 of Minnesota Twins slides into third base safely after a first inning triple against the St. Louis Cardinals during an exhibition game at Target Field on April 2, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Denard Span
The Cincinnati Reds have taken a look at Minnesota Twins' center fielder Denard Span, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, but Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay the team is still doing it's homework.
"We’re not really close on anything," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "We’re talking to a lot of people. Teams are still gauging where they are. A lot teams say they’re going to wait until the end."
Rosenthal reported two of Jocketty's special assistants, Cam Bonifay and Mike Squires, were in Chicago this week to scout the White Sox-Twins series. Fay listed other potential options for the Reds in their search for a leadoff-type hitter included Shane Victorino and Juan Pierre.
Span is hitting .282/.345/.385 this season, his best offensive performance since 2009. The 28-year-old missed the majority of last season due to lingering concussion symptoms, but has played in 89 of Minnesota's 97 games in 2012.
Span is owed $11.25 million over the next two seasons and has a $9 million team option for 2015. Span ranks second among center fielders in UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) this season.
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