Span, 28, is available in a trade only because the Twins have budget constraints and have younger, cheaper Ben Revere ready to plug in at center field if they move Span.
Pros: Span has a .284 career batting average and .357 OBP in parts of five seasons, and twice totaled 10 triples and 23 or more stolen bases. He’s under contract for two more seasons at an affordable $4.75 million in 2013 and $6.5 million in 2014, with a $9 million team option for 2015.
Cons: He’s a left-handed hitter. But that’s not really a problem, because the Braves don’t mind adding a left-handed bat at the top of the order as long as they can add a right-handed power hitter for their left-field vacancy.