It was a deal the team had to make.
First of all, Minnesota has Ben Revere, a budding star, in the outfield and is lacking pitching depth. While Meyer, 22, will not make an immediate impact next season, he played Class A ball last year, he could help bolster the Twins pitching staff as soon as 2014.
By trading Span, the team loses a leadoff man that is patient at the plate and has a career .284 batting average and .357 on-base percentage.
By acquiring Meyer, however, they get a player with a large frame (6’9”, 220) that delivers three quality pitches.
In the end, this is a smart move by GM Terry Ryan. He used his best asset to get the most in return, not just a player that can play right away.