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Denard Span

Keiunta Denard Span

Height: 6'0"    Weight: 210

Bats/Throws: Left / Left

Born: 02/27/1984 in Washington, D.C.

Offseason home: Odessa, Florida

Nickname: Spaniard, D-Span

Family: Wife Anne, son Denard James

Acquired: In trade from the Tampa Bay Rays, with Alex Colomé, for Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero (05/25/2018)

MLB Debut: 04/06/2008

Free Agent after: 2018 season

Twitter handle: @thisisdspan

Joining his fifth Major League team came a bit early for Denard Span's taste. Having just been traded last offseason from San Francisco to his hometown Tampa Bay Rays, Span figured he'd have at least until the middle of July and the pre-deadline trading frenzy before he had to worry about being dealt again, but here he is suiting up for the Mariners on Memorial Day. Span was unhappy to leave Tampa Bay, telling the media after the trade was announced, "I never thought that I would enjoy being home and playing for my hometown team as much as I did." But he's a welcome addition to a team that is in better shape to contend than his former squad and that intends to take full advantage of his on-base skills.

Over his ten-year MLB career, Span has hit .282 with an OBP just under .350, and led the National League in hits in 2014 while with the Washington Nationals. He figures to get most of the playing time in left field from here on out, but having been a center fielder almost exclusively before this season, can spell Guillermo Heredia in center if necessary. 

Interesting bit of trivia: Span hit the first inside-the-park home run to lead off a game since 1945 when he did it against the Phillies last August in San Francisco.