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Twins Rumors: Denard Span and Josh Willingham


The Minnesota Twins are more interested in trading outfielder Denard Span than slugger Josh Willingham, reports Jon Heyman of

The Twins are believed to be more willing to trade speedy outfielder Denard Span than his power-hitting outfield mate Josh Willingham.

While Heyman notes that the Twins "don’t appear actively engaged as sellers yet, they are believed willing to listen on Span in the July trading season because of the presence of emerging center fielder Ben Revere." Heyman notes that the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins have each been reportedly interested in Span in the past.

Heyman adds that Minnesota would seek a young starting pitcher in exchange for Span.

While he believes the interest in Willingham would be high considering his level of production and the weak market for hitters, Heyman hears the Twins are reluctant to trade him only a half-year after signing him.

After hitting 29 home runs and driving in 98 RBIs with the A’s last season, Willingham has hit at a clip of .272/.384/.535 with 36 extra-base hits and 49 RBIs over his 254 at-bats in 2012.