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When evaluating all the assets this offseason, Denard Span has to be the most likely to actually be traded by the Twins.
Span is one of the best leadoff hitters in baseball, posting a career .357 on-base percentage since his debut in 2008. Span plays solid defense in center field and is one of the few leaders in the Twins' clubhouse.
Span also happens to be one of the more popular players on the team, which means a trade would also create public displeasure.
However, the Twins have a replacement ready to go in right field with Ben Revere.
Revere, a first-round pick of the Twins in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft, has flashed defensive brilliance in the outfield for the Twins despite a poor throwing arm. Revere also has the speed to replace Span in the Twins' lineup and should continue to develop as turns 25 next May.
From the Twins' standpoint, Revere could be a cheaper option as the Twins work with their imaginary $100 million salary cap.
For a prospective buyer, Span's five-year, $16.5 million contract, which runs through 2014, is a steal and a solution to any team with a hole in center field, such as the Tampa Bay Rays or Atlanta Braves (assuming B.J. Upton and Michael Bourn leave).
With the Braves and Rays having pitching-rich farm systems and a replacement waiting in the wings, the Twins would be best served to trade Span.