MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins acquired right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer from the Washington Nationals in exchange for center fielder Denard Span.
Meyer, 22, was drafted 23rd overall by the Nationals in the 2011 out of the University of Kentucky.
The 6-foot-9, 220-pound right-hander went 10-6 with a 2.86 ERA (129.0 IP, 41 ER), 45 walks and 139 strikeouts in 25 starts between Single-A Hagerstown and Single-A Potomac last season.
The Indiana native entered the 2012 season as the sixth best prospect in the Nationals organization by Baseball America.
Span, who was originally drafted by the Twins in the first round (20th overall) of the 2002 draft, appeared in 589 games for the Twins hitting .284 with 230 RBI and 90 stolen bases over parts of five major league seasons.
Thursday night, Span tweeted a goodbye of sorts to Twins fans.
"def gonna miss everything about Minnesota. From top to bottom as a organization. They gave me an opportunity to fulfill my childhood dream," Span wrote. "Gonna miss my teammates first and foremost. Secondly gonna miss all the twins fans that showed me so much love. But on another note I'm very very very very very very excited to be joining the nationals organization. Def an exciting moment for me to be Going to a quality team and organization. I feel like a little kid again lol"
The Twins are expected to start Ben Revere in center field next season.
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