WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 30: Drew Storen #22 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on July 30, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Nationals won the game 3-0. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
When everyone shut their Twitter account down for the night last night the late word was, as reported by FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) among others, the Nats' closer and 2010 1st Rounder Drew Storen was, "... is in Span trade. Hangup is over other player(s) in deal between." The word from MLBNetwork Radio host and ESPN.com scribe Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenESPNxm) was that the, "Twins [were] insisting on STOREN without substitution.. along with [Roger] Bernadina and [Stephen] Lombardozzi in package for SPAN...both sides grinding."
In an article at ESPN entitled, "Nationals are heating up", that went into more than 140 characters' worth of depth on the trade talks, the former Nats' GM said, "The Nationals are hoping the Twins would accept a package including Tyler Clippard and Roger Bernadina but that is not going to happen." The Twins want Storen. ESPN.com's Jayson Stark (@JaysonSt) agreed, writing on Twitter that, "#Nationals making headway on deal w #Twins for Span. Twins insisting Storen has to be in deal along w 2nd player."
As of this morning, however, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) is reporting that, " Storen is in Span trade. Hangup is over other player(s) in deal between." ESPN.com's Tim Kurkjian (via his colleague at ESPN.com Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) is that, "@Kurkjian_ESPN reporting that chances of Storen/Span deal less than 50-50; Upton continues to be in mix for Nationals."
The Braves landed Astros' center fielder Michael Bourn this morning in a deal that sent OF Jordan Schafer, LHP Brett Oberholtzer, RHP Paul Clemens, and RHP Juan Abreu to Houston. The deal, however, led St. Petersburg Times' Rays beat writer Marc Tompkin (SPTimesRays) to conclude, as he wrote on Twitter this morning, that, "Nats may be only trade possibility left for #Rays Upton with Braves getting Bourn from Astros."
Drew Storen, for his part, spoke to Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP), and asked, as the WaPost writer reported on Twitter, "'It's over in six hours, right?'" One way or another it will be.
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