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Denard Span | Outfielder | #2

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (33) / 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 told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times that he's happy to be playing for the Rays, in his hometown of Tampa Bay.
That is of course provided that the Rays hang onto the veteran outfielder rather than dealing him elsewhere this offseason. While Span realizes that it's a possibility that he's moved to another club, he stated, "I definitely would love to put on this hometown uniform. It would be a dream come true. It was something I always imagined." While center field is spoken for in Tampa Bay, Span could function in either corner outfield spot if he stays with the Rays. Mon, Dec 25, 2017 12:50:00 AM

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Rays acquired OF Denard Span, LHP Matt Krook, RHP Stephen Woods, and 3B Christian Arroyo from the Giants for 3B Evan Longoria.

Span is mostly just a salary offset in this five-player swap. The veteran outfielder is owed $11 million in 2018 with a $12 million club option (or $4 million buyout) for 2019. He hit .268/.330/.402 with 23 home runs and 24 stolen bases over 272 games during his two-year stay in San Francisco. Span turns 34 years old in February and shouldn't be counted on for much fantasy output with Tampa Bay.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 12:27:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Denard Span has volunteered to the Giants to move to left field next season.

Span hasn't played anywhere other than center field since 2009, but his defensive metrics in center have cratered the last few years. The veteran outfielder will turn 34 in February and is under contract for $11 million in 2018, with the Giants holding a $12 million option (or $4 million buyout) for 2019. The Giants' main goal this winter is to add a big bat, so whether or not Span ultimately moves to left next year likely depends on what position that new bat plays.
Fri, Oct 6, 2017 01:01:00 PM

Denard Span went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Saturday's road victory against the Dodgers.

Span has managed five multi-hit games over the past 15 outings, and he is hitting .296 (16-for-54) in September for his best month since he hit .374 in June. He has picked up the pace in the stolen base department, too, picking up three of his 11 thefts over the past nine outings.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 02:40:00 AM

Denard Span is in Saturday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

Span got the day off Friday, but he's back in there hitting leadoff against Zack Greinke on Saturday. The veteran outfielder is batting .324 (11-for-34) with three homers and three doubles this month.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 05:22:00 PM

Denard Span is absent from the Giants' starting lineup on Friday.

It looks to be nothing more than a routine day of rest for the veteran outfielder. Oralndo Calixte is starting in his place in center field and will bat eighth for the Giants against Robbie Ray and the Diamondbacks.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 06:40:00 PM

Denard Span thrived out of the No. 3 spot on Monday against the Dodgers, going 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk, three RBI, and two runs scored.

It was just his second career start out of the No. 3 spot and his first since 2011. Span slugged a two-run homer in the first inning before driving home another run with a single in the fifth. Hunter Pence had a nice night out of the leadoff spot (three hits, including a go-ahead RBI single), so perhaps Bruce Bochy will stick with this arrangement for more than one day.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 08:58:00 AM

Denard Span finished 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, three runs scored and two RBI in Tuesday's loss at Colorado.

Span has caught fire at Coors Field, posting five hits with two doubles, a home run, three RBI and five runs scored across seven at-bats in the first two games of the set with the Rockies. He is slashing .269/.325/.422 across 438 at-bats this season.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 02:31:00 AM

Denard Span went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double against the Rockies on Monday.

There were no takers for Span before the end of August, and he'll finish out the season as the Giants' center fielder. He's been adequate offensively, hitting .267/.320/.418, but defense is enough of a problem at this point that the Giants desperately need to make him a left fielder or, better yet, a fourth outfielder next year.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 07:07:00 PM

Denard Span went 0-for-4 in a second straight game Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

Span was hitting a nice clip in June and July, but he's come in at .210 with two homers and six walks in his last 100 at-bats. He's no longer an asset on the basepaths and he's turned into a real liability in center, so he's a problem for the Giants.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 12:23:00 AM

Denard Span went 2-for-3 with a solo inside-the-park home run and three total RBI in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

Span scooted his way around the bases for an inside-the-park home run in the first inning and collected a two-run single just one frame later. No further RBI damage after that point for the veteran outfielder. For the campaign as a whole, Span is hitting a modest .275/.326/.431 with nine homers, 32 RBI and eight steals over the course of 96 games played. He no longer holds any fantasy value, but has been a dependable enough contributor during this trying season by the Giants.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017 01:17:00 AM

Denard Span went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk, a steal and three runs scored as the Giants topped the Marlins 9-4 on Tuesday.

Span doesn't do it often, but he filled up the box score tonight; it's the sixth time in 10 big-league seasons that he's homered and stolen a base in the same game. The Giants would be happy to trade Span this month if anyone wanted an outfielder, but given his troubles defensively in center, it seems unlikely that anyone is going to take him on. He's been decent offensively in hitting .272/.322/.430 this year, but that's still not what anyone is looking for from a left fielder and that's probably what he should be going forward.
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 11:14:00 PM

Denard Span is out of the Giants' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Cubs.

It's a normal day off for the left-handed-hitting Span. Gorkys Hernandez is starting in center field and batting leadoff Tuesday versus Cubs southpaw Jose Quintana.
Tue, Aug 8, 2017 06:42:00 PM

Denard Span is not in the Giants' lineup Tuesday against the Athletics.

The Giants stacked their lineup with right-handed bat against A's left Sean Manaea. Gorkys Hernandez will man center field in Span's absence. Span has hit only .246 since the All-Star break, though eight of his 17 hits in that span have gone for extra bases.
Tue, Aug 1, 2017 07:42:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Giants are shopping Denard Span, but there's "no market for him."

Span has been hot of late to get his season line up to a respectable .286/.337/.451, but he doesn't run anymore, his defense has declined dramatically and he's still owed $15 million after this season. In other words, the Giants are stuck with him perhaps unless they'd be willing to eat virtually all of the 33-year-old's contract.
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 03:46:00 PM