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Denard Span | Outfielder | #4

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (20) / MIN
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Denard Span went 2-for-4 with a double in Saturday's loss to the Rays.
Not much doing for the M's offense on Saturday, with Span's double just the second extra-base hit they collected in the contest. The other was a solo home run by Nelson Cruz. Since being traded to the Mariners from the Rays on May 25, the veteran outfielder has hit safely in eight of 10 games played. He's done a workmanlike job all year, but holds little fantasy value. Jun 9 - 7:11 PM

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Denard Span hit a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Rays.

Facing the club he played for just a few days ago -- again, as Thursday was the Mariners' fourth game against the Rays since the M's acquired him on May 25 -- Span turned on an inside fastball from Austin Pruitt in the third inning, depositing it in the right field seats. The homer was his second in as many games and his sixth in 174 at-bats this year. Through 52 games overall, the 34-year-old is hitting .247/.359/.408.
Jun 7 - 10:52 PM

Mariners' general manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed Friday that Denard Span will primarily play left field with the Mariners.

They'll roll with Mitch Haniger in right field, Guillermo Heredia in center and Span in left on most nights. Span also has extensive experience in center in his career though and can cover there when Heredia is not.
May 25 - 6:59 PM

Mariners acquired OF Denard Span and RHP Alex Colome from the Rays for RHP Tommy Romero, RHP Andrew Moore and cash considerations.

Span will help provide depth in the outfield for the Mariners while Dee Gordon is covering for the suspended Robinson Cano at second base. The 34-year-old was slashing .234/.364/.385 with four homers, 28 RBI and six stolen bases in 143 at-bats with the Rays. The improved supporting cast in Seattle should help his fantasy value, but he's still a fringe option in deeper mixed leagues.
May 25 - 6:38 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Mariners have acquired Denard Span and Alex Colome from the Rays for Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero.

Span makes a lot of sense for the Mariners, as he can help out in the outfield with Dee Gordon moving to second base. The veteran outfield is off to a solid start this season with a .238/.364/.385 batting line, four home runs and six stolen bases.
May 25 - 6:12 PM

Denard Span was the spark atop the Rays' lineup Thursday, reaching base four times and scoring three runs in a win over the Red Sox.

Span also stole his sixth base of the year in the contest. He led off the bottom of the first inning with a double, a sign of things to come for Sox starter Rick Porcello, and Span also singled and walked twice in the win. It's not yet mixed-league relevant, but the 34-year-old has certainly provided some unexpected value for the Rays this year, batting .238/.364/.385 with four homers, 28 RBI, 27 runs scored and those six steals. That definitely plays in AL-only leagues and deeper leagues that take OBP into account.
May 24 - 10:13 PM

Denard Span went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Angels.

Span connected for a two-run home run off Jim Johnson in the seventh inning to put the Rays up 3-0. They would tack on one more run prior to the end of the frame before going on to win by a 7-1 final. The graybeard outfielder is hitting .252/.373/.409 with four home runs, 27 RBI and five steals in 38 games this season. There's no true fantasy intrigue, here, but Span's entered his twilight years in very respectable fashion.
May 18 - 1:28 AM

Denard Span went 1-for-2 and stole two bases in a blowout loss to the Orioles on Sunday.

Span's two steals give him five on the season on seven tries. He also drew two walks, and his on-base percentage is now up to a very respectable .384 on the season. His other numbers (.250 average, .393 slugging percentage) leave a lot to be desired, but Span is still showing the ability to get on at the age of 34 in his first season with the Rays.
May 13 - 5:09 PM

Denard Span went 1-for-4 with a homer on Sunday in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.

The homer was the third of the season, and it was the first homer allowed by Rick Porcello in 2018. The 34-year-old outfielder now has his OPS up to .844 on the season, and he's driven in 21 runs while hitting at the top of the lineup for the Rays. At the very least, he's certainly worth consideration to add to benches in redraft formats.
Apr 29 - 5:14 PM

Denard Span went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Red Sox on Saturday.

The home run started out as a routine single to center field that took an odd bounce and snaked past the centerfielder and all the way to the wall. Span raced around the sacks for an easy inside-the-park home run. He now has a .268 batting average with two homers, 12 runs scored and a surprising 19 RBI through 22 games.
Apr 28 - 9:39 PM

Denard Span went 2-for-5 with three RBI in Saturday's win over the Twins.

The Rays held a 3-1 advantage at the time Span stepped to the plate with runners on in the seventh inning. He proceeded to provide a bit of breathing room, coming through with a two-run single to help widen the gap. C.J. Cron would promptly unload for a two-run home run to score Span and cap off a five-run seventh for the Rays. Just for good measure, Span later came through with another RBI single to turn the game into a laugher in the ninth inning. Overall, the veteran outfielder is hitting a quiet .259/.369/.407 with one home run, 17 RBI and two steals in 17 games. The RBI mark is actually quite nice, but otherwise, he offers a relatively toothless game. He should be good for double-digit steals and perhaps double-digit home runs (something he has achieved each of the past two seasons), but there's no real fantasy intrigue at this juncture of his career.
Apr 21 - 9:22 PM

Denard Span went 2-for-5 with three RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in Friday's 8-7 extra-inning win over the Twins.

The veteran outfielder made something happen at every opportunity. He drove in two runs with a double to right field in the fifth inning. He delivered an RBI-single in his next at-bat as well. He came to the plate again in the bottom of the tenth inning with two runners aboard and provided the key play of the ballgame. He hit a grounder to first baseman Joe Mauer, who flipped the ball to pitcher Zach Duke who then missed the base and allowed the runner to score and end the game.
Apr 20 - 11:53 PM

Denard Span homered and scored two runs in a loss to the Phillies on Sunday.

Span's homer came in the first inning off of Ben Lively, and it was his first while wearing a Tampa Bay uniform. The veteran outfielder will put together an impressive at-bat or two, but even hitting at the top of the lineup, he won't accumulate enough numbers to be anything more than a bench option on fantasy rosters.
Apr 15 - 5:21 PM

Denard Span is not in the Rays' starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

It's a bit odd to see Span sitting against a right-hander, but there doesn't appear to be any injury situation at play here. Johny Field is starting in his place in right field and batting ninth for the Rays against Jake Arrieta and the Phillies.
Apr 14 - 2:25 PM

Denard Span went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI as the Rays were blown out by the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon.

Span singled and came around to score the game's first run in the first inning, then plated the Rays' final run with an RBI single in the eighth. He's one of the few guys currently hitting in the Tampa Bay lineup, slashing .273/.346/.409 with seven RBI on the young season.
Apr 7 - 3:59 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Chris Herrmann
3David Freitas
1B1Ryon Healy
2Daniel Vogelbach
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Jean Segura
3B1Kyle Seager
2Andrew Romine
LF1Denard Span
2Guillermo Heredia
CF1Dee Gordon
RF1Mitch Haniger
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2James Paxton
3Mike Leake
4Erasmo Ramirez
5Marco Gonzales
6Wade LeBlanc
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Edwin Diaz
2Alex Colome
3Juan Nicasio
4James Pazos
5Dan Altavilla
6Nick Vincent
7Ryan Cook
8Chasen Bradford
9Roenis Elias
10Mike Morin
11David Phelps