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Denard Span | Outfielder | #2

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (34) / 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 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

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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

Denard Span hit a three-run, go-ahead triple in the eighth inning Thursday, leading the Rays to a 6-4, Opening Day win over the Red Sox.

With two outs and the Rays down by a pair, Span yanked a Carson Smith hanging breaking ball into the right field corner, plating all three runners on base. Span later came around to score the team's sixth run. The 34-year-old Span is mostly a placeholder until some of the Rays' better prospects are ready, but he'll get regular playing time in Tampa for those in AL-only leagues.
Mar 29 - 8:11 PM

Denard Span tripled, doubled, knocked in three runs and walked Friday against the Twins.

The Rays went with a different look yesterday, batting Span third and Kevin Kiermaier in the leadoff spot. Span was back leading off today, though, and he still projects to fill that spot on Opening Day. He'll be a lineup fixture early on, but with his stolen base totals down, he's probably through as a useful mixed-league outfielder.
Mar 16 - 4:15 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Wilson Ramos
2Jesus Sucre
1B1Brad Miller
2B1Joey Wendle
2Daniel Robertson
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
3B1Matt Duffy
LF1Denard Span
2Johnny Field
3Rob Refsnyder
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mallex Smith
RF1Carlos Gomez
DH1C.J. Cron
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Blake Snell
3Jake Faria
4Nathan Eovaldi
5Jose De Leon
Relief Pitcher
R1Alex Colome
2Chaz Roe
3Sergio Romo
4Andrew Kittredge
5Jose Alvarado
6Matt Andriese
7Austin Pruitt
8Ryan Yarbrough
9Yonny Chirinos
10Jonny Venters