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Denard Span | Outfielder | #2

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 208
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (20) / MIN
Contract: view contract details

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Breaking down the financial details of the Denard Span deal with the Giants, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that there's also a $12 million option or $4 million buyout for the 2019 season.
Span will receive a signing bonus of $6 million, then will earn salaries of $3 million in 2016 and $9 million each in 2017 and 2018. The 31-year-old is expected to slot in as the club's leadoff hitter and should be a tremendous source of runs hitting in front of Joe Panik, Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt. Jan 8 - 7:05 PM

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Giants signed OF Denard Span to a three-year, $31 million contract.

The deal is pending a physical. Span is coming off a hip issue that limited him to just 61 games in 2015, but the Giants obviously feel good about his recovery and his outlook for 2016 and beyond. The 31-year-old is likely to be the team's leadoff hitter and starting center fielder when Opening Day rolls around.
Jan 7 - 6:01 PM

The Giants and free agent outfielder Denard Span have agreed on a three-year deal, according to CSN Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic.

No financial terms were immediately available, and the deal is pending a physical. Jon Heyman first reported the two sides were close. Span should be the team's primary center fielder and leadoff hitter heading into next season.
Jan 7 - 5:48 PM

Sources tell Jon Heyman of MLB Network that the Giants are nearing a deal with free agent outfielder Denard Span.

The feeling has been that Span might be the next free agent outfielder off the board, and the Giants have been in the market all winter. The 31-year-old would presumably take over in center field and push Angel Pagan to left. Span is coming off a hip injury that limited him to 61 games this past season, but he's a top-of-the-order hitter who would fit well in the Giants' park and lineup.
Jan 7 - 5:43 PM

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said Thursday that he has remained in contact with free agent Denard Span.

"I would say it's remotely possible," Rizzo responded when asked whether the Nationals might wind up re-signing Span. But it would probably have to be a one-year deal, and Span's agent Scott Boras is thought to be seeking only multi-year proposals. Span was limited to 61 games in 2015 due to a hip injury, but he averaged a cool .292/.345/.404 batting line with 21 stolen bases per year in his three years with Washington.
Jan 7 - 2:37 PM

MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo reports that free agent outfielder Denard Span is expected to sign with a club "very soon."

Per Cotillo, though, "the market is murky at this point." Among the clubs reported to be in on Span are the Orioles and White Sox. The 31-year-old outfielder has been rehabbing from a torn labrum in his hip, but agent Scott Boras indicated that Span would begin working out for teams after the New Year. A multi-year deal is unlikely given his consistent health concerns, but that's what Span and Boras are gunning for. Last season, he played in just 61 games. Span turns 32 in February.
Jan 6 - 4:15 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles have expressed interest in free agent outfielder Denard Span.

Kubatko also notes though that the O's have concerns about his health and durability and are unlikely to offer more than a one-year contract. The 31-year-old outfielder has attracted interest from several clubs this winter, but must prove that he's recovered from the torn labrum that prematurely ended his 2015 season if he wants secure a multi-year deal.
Source: MASN Sports
Jan 2 - 12:10 AM

In an interview on MLB Network Radio, Scott Boras said that he believes free agent outfielder Denard Span will sign a contract "in the near future."

Span's slated to work out for teams after the calendar flips to 2016. Boras is hoping to find him a multi-year contract, though given his injury history and age, that might be difficult to come by. Back and hip injuries limited the 31-year-old outfielder--he turns 32 in February--to just 61 games during the 2015 campaign. He's currently rehabbing from a late August surgery to repair a torn labrum. In addition to the possibility of the Nationals retaining him, the Mets are also reportedly interested in Span and will be meeting with him in January.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 11:29:00 AM

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports that the Mets will meet with free agent outfielder Denard Span in January.

The veteran outfielder plans to work out for teams after the new year to prove his health after an injury-plagued 2015 season where he appeared in just 61 games due to back and hip issues. Should the Mets sign Span, he would presumably take over as the starting center fielder, forcing Juan Lagares back into a fourth-outfielder role.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 09:11:00 AM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, agent Scott Boras has told interested teams that Denard Span (hip) will be available for workouts after the new year.

It's been a slow-moving free agent experience so far for Span, who was limited to 61 games in 2015 due to back and hip injuries. He underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his hip in late August, but the expectation is that the 31-year-old center fielder will carry a clean bill of health into camp next spring. Span batted .292/.345/.404 during his three-year stay in Washington, stealing 62 bases in 361 games.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 03:22:00 PM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Saturday that the club remains in contact with free agent outfielder Denard Span.

The Nationals are in the market for a left-handed hitting outfielder, a role that Span has filled quite nicely the past three seasons. Rizzo noted that they need to make sure that the veteran outfielder is healthy though before any possible negotiations would begin. Span was limited to just 61 games in 2015 due to back and hip injuries.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 03:24:00 PM

Scott Boras said that free agent OF Denard Span is seeking a multi-year contract.

No surprise that Boras is pushing for a multi-year contract for Span, but Newsday's Marc Carig is reporting that health questions could ultimately force Span and Boras to accept a one-year contract plus incentives. Span played in just 61 games in 2015 due to back and hip injuries. A torn labrum officially ended his season in late August and he subsequently underwent surgery to repair the damage. He'll turn 32 in February.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 05:34:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs are interested in free agent outfielder Denard Span.

The Cubs have been busy over the past couple of days, but with a clear need in center field, they aren't done. Span was limited to just 61 games this past season, but he's an appealing buy-low given that he isn't attached to draft pick compensation. The Cubs have also been connected to Jason Heyward, who could end up with the biggest contract among position players this winter.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 09:59:00 AM

The Mets are interested in free agent Denard Span, according to Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record.

The Mets have a Yoenis Cespedes-sized hole to fill in the outfield and would prefer a left-handed hitter, per Ehalt, making Span a candidate. The 31-year-old was limited to 61 games this past season due to injury, but he's been an effective leadoff hitter when healthy.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 04:22:00 PM

Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Denard Span and Travis Snider are two free agent outfielders who the Royals have some interest in.

Both would fit into the "buy-low" category, a strategy which has generally worked well for the Royals of late. Span was limited to just 61 games this past season due to injury, but he figures to be a popular name after the Nationals declined to give him a qualifying offer. Snider batted just .232/.313/.350 with four homers over 87 games this season between the Pirates and Orioles. He can likely be had on the cheap. The Royals might have to get creative if they lose Alex Gordon in free agency.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 02:06:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Buster Posey
2Andrew Susac
3Trevor Brown
4George Kottaras
5Miguel Olivo
1B1Brandon Belt
2Kyle Blanks
2B1Joe Panik
2Kelby Tomlinson
3Ramiro Pena
SS1Brandon Crawford
2Ehire Adrianza
3Hak-Ju Lee
3B1Matt Duffy
LF1Angel Pagan
2Gregor Blanco
3Jarrett Parker
CF1Denard Span
2Gorkys Hernandez
RF1Hunter Pence
2Mac Williamson
3Ryan Lollis
Starting Pitcher
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Johnny Cueto
3Jeff Samardzija
4Jake Peavy
5Chris Heston
6Matt Cain
7Clayton Blackburn
8Kyle Crick
9Ty Blach
Relief Pitcher
R1Santiago Casilla
2Sergio Romo
3Javier Lopez
4Hunter Strickland
5George Kontos
6Ian Gardeck
7Steven Okert
8Cory Gearrin
9Jacob Smith
10Josh Osich
11Michael Broadway
12Vin Mazzaro
13Braulio Lara