July 18, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins center fielder Denard Span (2) jumps to try and catch a fly ball hit by Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones (not pictured) in the eighth inning at Target Field. The Orioles won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Have We Talked About Denard Span Yet?

Baseball is full of speculation. With every pitch, we speculate beforehand what that baseball’s fate will be. The speculation runs rampant, however, when we have no pitches to speculate on. With that, I continue the inaugural month of rampant speculation with a profile of someone I hope the Mets are checking in on: Denard Span.

They probably are.

Before we begin dissecting his numbers, let me just say that this speculation idea was spawned by the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards on MLB Network, which gave one of those awards to a player on each team. They got to the Minnesota Twins, and Denard Span was the winner. It was quite the highlight reel, and all I could imagine was that guy roaming the Citi Field Center in the Orange and Blue.

We’ve established how Denard Span is one of the best defensive players in the league, but are his offensive numbers better than any collection of outfielders the Mets put in center field? Other than power, I would say certainly. In 2012, he hit .283 with a .342 OBP, 4 HR, 41 RBI, 38 2B and 71 Runs Scored in 516 AB. His stolen bases were down this year from a career high 26 in 2010 to 17 this year, but his speed adds a whole ‘nother dynamic to the Mets offense that they were sorely lacking. His presence alone would induce more running. His doubles ability would play well in Citi Field, and he’d probably increase his low triples numbers from 2012, which stood at 4 (his career high is 10 in 2010.)

There is no doubt that any trade for Denard Span would begin with pitching, for the Twins sorely need more. The Mets sorely need more offensive prowess, so there are good foundations for a deal here. The Twins would probably begin with Matt Harvey or Zack Wheeler, and the Mets would crack up laughing. Then, the Twins would probably counter with Jon Niese, and the Mets would get all serious and have to think long and hard about it. I don’t know. I don’t fully know how these conversations go. The Mets will probably try real hard to construct a deal without using Jon Niese. And some would say that if you are going to trade a pitcher such as that, get back the power the Mets need in the outfield. True. But with the Mets pitching on the up and up, you are going to want the best defenders backing them up.

And Denard Span is most assuredly one of those.

Onto the next speculation…What you guys got?

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