Washington Nationals trade for Minnesota Twins outfielder Denard Span

Twins outfielder Denard Span might be a player who would appeal to the Phillies in a trade. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)

Another NL East team’s search for a center fielder has ended, and once again, it was not the Phillies. 

After B.J. Upton joined the Braves on Wednesday, Denard Span and the Nationals have reached an agreement satisfactory to both parties, according to the Washington Post. The deal, which includes Washington sending pitching prospect Alex Meyer to Minnesota, keeps Span in D.C. through 2014, and gives Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo one more item to cross off his to-do list. 

Span, a career .284 hitter with a .746 OPS, had somewhat of a bounceback year in 2012. He hit closer to his average after two straight seasons of .264 performances with the Twins. 

The Phillies, meanwhile, turn to a disappearing list of center field options, with the leading candidate of Michael Bourn still on the table, as well as Josh Hamilton, Angel Pagan, and Shane Victorino.

General managers will be convening at the MLB winter meetings in Nashville from December 3-6, where deals and discussions will intensify.