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Denard Span | Outfielder | #2

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (20) / MIN
Contract: view contract details
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Denard Span's fifth-inning RBI double off James Shields scored the only run in Tuesday's win over the Padres.
That fifth-inning double would be Span's only hit of the contest. He finished 1-for-4. In 78 at-bats, the veteran outfielder is slashing .256/.344/.359 with a homer, 12 RBI and three steals. Remember, Span missed large chunks of time last season due to injury and probably still has some level of rust on them old bones. It wouldn't surprise if he is able to boost his numbers as the season rolls along, assuming he can stay healthy. Apr 27 - 1:29 AM

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Denard Span reached four times Monday, going 2-for-4 with a triple and two walks.

Span was caught stealing on his only attempt, leaving him 2-for-3 there this year. He's not as good of a bet for fantasy purposes as he once was, but he should still be a pretty solid center fielder and leadoff hitter for the Giants this year.
Apr 19 - 2:56 AM

Denard Span went 1-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base, his second of the season, on Saturday against the Dodgers.

Span only stole 11 bases a year ago in an injury-plagued season, so fantasy owners are relieved to see him active on the base paths already. He's now hitting .244/.271/.356. His plate discipline numbers remain solid, though, which means that we have little reason to believe that he won't begin to perform nearer to his career .287/.351/.394 slash line as we near the summer months.
Apr 17 - 1:14 AM

Denard Span is not in the Giants starting lineup for Friday's game against the Dodgers.

It's just a routine day of rest for Span against dominant southpaw Clayton Kershaw. Gregor Blanco will draw the start in his place and bat ninth for the Giants.
Apr 15 - 6:45 PM

Denard Span (flu) is back in the Giants' lineup Thursday versus the Dodgers.

Span missed Wednesday's game with flu-like symptoms. He'll start in center field and bat leadoff Thursday afternoon against Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood. Angel Pagan is playing left field and batting ninth.
Apr 7 - 1:05 PM

Denard Span is out of the Giants' starting lineup Wednesday against the Brewers due to the flu.

Span tallied three hits and five RBI in his first two games with San Francisco, but he has come down with a bug that has been traveling around certain MLB clubhouses. Angel Pagan is batting leadoff Wednesday versus Brewers right-hander Taylor Jungmann. Gregor Blanco is starting in center field and batting ninth.
Apr 6 - 10:57 AM

Denard Span went 2-for-5 with a homer and five RBI and two runs scored as the Giants routed the Brewers 12-3 on Opening Day Monday afternoon in Milwaukee.

Span plated Angel Pagan with a single in the top of the third inning and Madison Bumgarner with a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth. Then in the eighth he unloaded on Ariel Pena for a three-run homer, to be followed promptly by Joe Panik and Buster Posey solo blasts. Span, batting leadoff, can be a huge part of this San Francisco offense and a heck of a fantasy commodity if he's able to stay away from the disabled list. The veteran outfielder appeared in just 61 games last season due to abdominal, back, and hip injuries.
Apr 4 - 6:05 PM

Denard Span (shoulder) got some at-bats in a minor league game on Thursday.

Span exited Wednesday's Cactus League game after jamming his right shoulder while making a diving attempt at a ball. He was diagnosed with a bone bruise but expects to be back in a Cactus League game on Friday.
Mar 17 - 4:37 PM

Denard Span left Wednesday's Cactus League game after jamming his right shoulder.

Span fell hard on the shoulder while making a diving attempt at a ball and Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged after the game that there is some concern about the severity of the injury. Look for a status update from the club by Thursday morning. Span was limited to 61 games last season in Washington because of a hip injury that eventually required surgery. San Francisco is hoping to use the 32-year-old as its new starting center fielder and primary leadoff man in 2016.
Mar 16 - 6:59 PM

Denard Span had a single in two at-bats in Wednesday's loss to the Rockies.

Span served as the Giants' designated hitter in this one and will likely continue in that capacity until at least mid-March. The 32-year-old was limited to just 61 games with the Nationals last season due to a hip injury that ultimately required surgery. Expect the Giants to continue to work him along slowly. Span is projected to serve as San Francisco's regular center fielder and leadoff man in 2016 and he'll have some value in deeper mixed fantasy leagues if he can maintain good health.
Mar 9 - 9:25 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday that it may be another week before Denard Span is ready to man center field defensively.

Bochy noted that his arm simply wasn't ready yet to make the requisite throws from that position. Aside from that though, everything has gone extremely well for Span early on in Giants camp. He's set to open the season as the club's leadoff hitter and makes for a nice target as a fourth or fifth outfielder in deeper mixed leagues.
Mar 6 - 6:01 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed on Friday that Denard Span will start in center field and bat leadoff this season.

There wasn't any doubt, but this is the first time Bochy has officially addressed it. The addition of Span pushes Angel Pagan out of both of the aforementioned roles, although he's now likely to receive the bulk of the at-bats in left field. Span is coming off a hip issue that limited him to just 61 games in 2015, but he'll enter 2016 with a clean bill of health.
Feb 12 - 2:21 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Buster Posey
2Trevor Brown
1B1Brandon Belt
2B1Joe Panik
2Kelby Tomlinson
SS1Brandon Crawford
2Ehire Adrianza
3B1Matt Duffy
2Conor Gillaspie
LF1Angel Pagan
2Gregor Blanco
CF1Denard Span
RF1Hunter Pence
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Johnny Cueto
3Jeff Samardzija
4Jake Peavy
5Matt Cain
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Santiago Casilla
2Sergio Romo
3Javier Lopez
4Hunter Strickland
5George Kontos
6Josh Osich
7Cory Gearrin
8Derek Law
9Vin Mazzaro