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Denard Span | Outfielder | #2

Team: San Francisco Giants
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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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. Oct 6 - 1:01 PM

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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.
Sep 24 - 2:40 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.
Sep 16 - 5:22 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.
Sep 15 - 6:40 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.
Sep 12 - 8:58 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.
Sep 6 - 2:31 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.
Sep 4 - 7:07 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.
Aug 27 - 12:23 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.
Aug 20 - 1:17 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.
Aug 15 - 11:14 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.
Aug 8 - 6:42 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.
Aug 1 - 7:42 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.
Jul 28 - 3:46 PM

Denard Span went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in Thursday's loss to the Padres.

Span collected an RBI single in the sixth inning against Jhoulys Chacin. His other hit, a double, was his 19th two-bagger of the season. Five of those 19 doubles have come in his last eight games. He has also turned in back-to-back two-hit showings. On the macro level, Span is hitting .289/.338/.456 with seven homers, 23 RBI and four steals over the course of 72 games.
Jul 21 - 1:29 AM

Denard Span went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Indians.

Nice little game for Span, here. He launched a splash-shot solo home run in the fifth inning and also notched his 18th double of the season in the contest. Overall, the veteran outfielder is slashing a sturdy .286/.336/.452 with seven homers, 22 RBI and four steals in 71 games this season.
Jul 19 - 8:34 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Buster Posey
2Aramis Garcia
1B1Brandon Belt
2B1Joe Panik
2Kelby Tomlinson
3Miguel Gomez
SS1Brandon Crawford
3B1Pablo Sandoval
2Ryder Jones
LF1Jarrett Parker
2Mac Williamson
3Austin Slater
CF1Denard Span
2Gorkys Hernandez
RF1Hunter Pence
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Johnny Cueto
3Jeff Samardzija
4Matt Moore
5Ty Blach
6Chris Stratton
7Tyler Beede
8Tyler Herb
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Sam Dyson
3Hunter Strickland
4Cory Gearrin
5Josh Osich
6Albert Suarez
7Kyle Crick
8Matt Cain
9Will Smith
10Steven Okert
11Derek Law
12Reyes Moronta
13Roberto Gomez
14Pierce Johnson