Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

MLB source: Span trade 'no closer than any other day'

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage, Twins rumors Updated: July 30, 2011 - 9:16 PM

OAKLAND, CALIF. -- A reported deal that would send Twins center fielder Denard Span to the Washington Nationals is "no closer [to happening] than any other day," a major league official familar with the trade discussions said tonight in a text message.

The two teams have definitely been talking, with the Nationals pushing hard to acquire Span, but no agreement has been reached, despite reports that the sides are close to a deal.

Twins General Manager Bill Smith declined comment.

According to various reports, the Twins have insisted on getting Washington closer Drew Storen in the deal, while the Nationals have been offering setup man Tyler Clippard.

Besides Storen, the Twins also are reportedly interested in Nationals center field prospect Roger Bernadina and second base prospect Stephen Lombardozzi, who is the son of former Twins second baseman Steve Lombardozzi.

Span, who is rehabbing from a concussion with Class AAA Rochester, was not in the Red Wings lineup tonight, but that was by his choice after taking an early flight this morning from Louisville, Ky.

Storen, 23, loaded the bases for Washington but escaped with his 26th save tonight in a 3-0 win over the Mets, lowering his ERA to 2.63.

I'll have more on the Twins trade talks for late editions, as the clock winds toward Sunday's 3 p.m., non-wavier trade deadline.

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