Twins lock up Span for five years

Updated: March 13, 2010, 5:41 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEARWATER , Fla. -- Center fielder Denard Span and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $16.5 million, five-year contract, a deal that includes a $9 million team option for 2015.

"We go through a pretty good checklist of criteria before we enter discussions with a player about a long-term contract and he has been very good for us for two years," Twins general manager Bill Smith said before Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. "We thought the time was right. It's a big ...

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