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Birth Date2-27-1984
Height6' 0"
Weight210 lbs
Age35 years, 4 months, 25 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
1.92015
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2008 MIN 24 93 411 102 16 7 6 50 60 4 18 7 .294 .387 .432 104 2.8 2.6 7.0 2.1
2009 MIN 25 145 676 180 16 10 8 70 89 10 23 10 .311 .392 .415 108 8.6 0.3 -0.2 2.6
2010 MIN 26 153 705 166 24 10 3 60 74 4 26 4 .264 .331 .348 83 -13.1 2.3 4.0 1.5
2011 MIN 27 70 311 75 11 5 2 27 36 0 6 1 .264 .328 .359 90 -3.0 2.2 3.6 1.3
2012 MIN 28 128 568 146 38 4 4 47 62 0 17 6 .283 .342 .395 96 -2.7 -1.0 7.9 2.2
2013 WAS 29 153 662 170 28 11 4 42 77 2 20 6 .279 .327 .380 88 -7.7 0.3 8.6 2.2
2014 WAS 30 147 668 184 39 8 5 50 65 2 31 7 .302 .355 .416 112 9.2 6.8 8.3 4.8
2015 WAS 31 61 275 74 17 0 5 25 26 1 11 0 .301 .365 .431 111 4.6 2.3 2.3 1.9
2016 SFN 32 143 637 152 23 5 11 53 79 4 12 7 .266 .331 .381 90 -6.1 -0.2 -14.9 -0.2
2017 SFN 33 129 542 135 31 5 12 40 69 3 12 7 .272 .329 .427 95 -1.8 0.3 -11.3 0.4
2018 SEA 34 94 328 80 15 6 7 23 55 5 3 2 .272 .329 .435 105 2.9 -0.6 -0.7 0.9
2018 TBA 34 43 173 34 7 1 4 28 24 1 6 2 .238 .364 .385 105 1.6 1.5 1.8 0.9
Career13595956149826572715157163618559.281.347.39898-4.717.016.420.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2003 ELZ Rk APL 50 234 .000 .000 .000 .320 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 QUD A MDW 64 282 .000 .000 .000 .328 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 FTM A+ FSL 49 212 .226 .274 .301 .383 92 0.8 0.9 0.1 99 0 -0.3 1.2 -0.2 0.2
2005 NBR AA EAS 68 304 .256 .318 .385 .329 98 0.7 8.3 0.7 102 0 1.9 3.1 1.5 1.6
2006 NBR AA EAS 134 597 .253 .327 .380 .321 92 12.1 12.9 0.8 95 0 6.1 2.8 -6.6 1.7
2007 ROC AAA INT 139 548 .264 .332 .401 .306 93 -9.8 16.1 1.3 85 0 22.2 1.5 -8.1 3.2
2008 MIN MLB AL 93 411 .270 .333 .424 .339 98 14.9 11.9 -3.5 104 9 7.0 2.6 2.8 2.1
2008 ROC AAA INT 40 184 .259 .325 .397 .420 93 13.9 5.4 0 154 0 -9.0 0.7 7.7 0.5
2009 MIN MLB AL 145 676 .268 .334 .425 .353 104 14.6 19.4 -1.9 108 7 -0.2 0.3 8.6 2.6
2009 ROC AAA INT 2 8 .292 .364 .464 .400 115 0.2 0.2 0 97 0 -0.1 -0.3 0.0 0.0
2010 MIN MLB AL 153 705 .260 .326 .402 .294 108 -14.7 19.4 1.8 83 6 4.0 2.3 -13.1 1.5
2011 MIN MLB AL 70 311 .258 .320 .405 .297 103 -2.1 8.4 0.7 90 13 3.6 2.2 -3.0 1.3
2011 ROC AAA INT 10 40 .267 .330 .389 .235 98 -4.6 1.2 0.1 32 0 -0.2 0.0 -2.8 -0.2
2012 MIN MLB AL 128 568 .255 .317 .409 .315 104 1.4 15.6 1.4 96 7 7.9 -1.0 -2.7 2.2
2013 WAS MLB NL 153 662 .253 .313 .391 .313 102 -4.8 17.4 1.6 88 9 8.6 0.3 -7.7 2.2
2014 WAS MLB NL 147 668 .250 .311 .383 .330 101 15.2 17.2 1.6 112 7 8.3 6.8 9.2 4.8
2014 HAG A SAL 2 7 .299 .366 .453 .500 106 1.3 0.2 0 169 0 -0.3 0.2 0.4 0.1
2015 WAS MLB NL 61 275 .256 .318 .406 .318 94 12.7 7.4 0.7 111 11 2.3 2.3 4.6 1.9
2015 HAG A SAL 4 15 .242 .293 .351 .583 103 4.9 0.4 0 245 0 -0.7 -0.6 1.9 0.1
2015 POT A+ CAR 1 2 .258 .308 .353 .000 94 -0.5 0.1 0 55 0 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2015 HAR AA EAS 4 16 .251 .323 .377 .231 84 2 0.4 0 133 0 -0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1
2016 SFN MLB NL 143 637 .253 .319 .413 .291 93 2.4 18.0 1.6 90 7 -14.9 -0.2 -6.1 -0.2
2017 SFN MLB NL 129 542 .252 .321 .418 .295 89 5.9 15.9 1.4 95 10 -11.3 0.3 -1.8 0.4
2017 SJO A+ CAL 2 7 .221 .329 .300 .333 95 0.3 0.2 0 131 0 -0.3 -0.1 0.2 0.0
2018 SEA MLB AL 94 328 .244 .313 .403 .307 97 7.2 9.2 -2.1 105 10 -0.7 -0.6 2.9 0.9
2018 TBA MLB AL 43 173 .256 .325 .433 .259 102 0.4 4.9 -1.4 105 10 1.8 1.5 1.6 0.9

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2003 ELZ Rk APL 234 207 34 56 5 1 1 66 18 23 34 14 5 .271 .355 .319 .048 0 0
2004 QUD A MDW 282 240 29 64 4 3 0 74 14 34 49 15 8 .267 .359 .308 .042 4 4
2005 NBR AA EAS 304 267 47 76 6 5 0 92 26 22 41 10 8 .285 .351 .345 .060 5 5
2005 FTM A+ FSL 212 186 38 63 3 3 1 75 19 22 25 13 4 .339 .408 .403 .065 2 2
2006 NBR AA EAS 597 536 80 153 16 6 2 187 45 40 78 24 11 .285 .332 .349 .063 15 15
2007 ROC AAA INT 548 487 59 130 20 7 3 173 55 40 90 25 14 .267 .310 .355 .088 21 21
2008 ROC AAA INT 184 156 32 53 11 1 3 75 14 26 36 15 8 .340 .429 .481 .141 2 2
2008 MIN MLB AL 411 347 70 102 16 7 6 150 47 50 60 18 7 .294 .387 .432 .138 2 8
2009 MIN MLB AL 676 578 97 180 16 10 8 240 68 70 89 23 10 .311 .392 .415 .104 6 12
2009 ROC AAA INT 8 6 1 2 1 0 0 3 0 1 1 1 1 .333 .500 .500 .167 0 0
2010 MIN MLB AL 705 629 85 166 24 10 3 219 58 60 74 26 4 .264 .331 .348 .084 2 10
2011 MIN MLB AL 311 284 37 75 11 5 2 102 16 27 36 6 1 .264 .328 .359 .095 0 0
2011 ROC AAA INT 40 39 4 8 1 0 0 9 2 0 5 3 0 .205 .205 .231 .026 0 1
2012 MIN MLB AL 568 516 71 146 38 4 4 204 41 47 62 17 6 .283 .342 .395 .112 1 4
2013 WAS MLB NL 662 610 75 170 28 11 4 232 47 42 77 20 6 .279 .327 .380 .102 1 7
2014 WAS MLB NL 668 610 94 184 39 8 5 254 37 50 65 31 7 .302 .355 .416 .115 3
2014 HAG A SAL 7 4 3 2 0 0 0 2 2 3 0 1 0 .500 .714 .500 .000 0
2015 POT A+ CAR 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2015 HAG A SAL 15 13 2 8 0 0 1 11 2 2 0 1 0 .615 .667 .846 .231 0 0
2015 WAS MLB NL 275 246 38 74 17 0 5 106 22 25 26 11 0 .301 .365 .431 .130 2 1
2015 HAR AA EAS 16 14 5 4 0 0 1 7 1 2 0 0 0 .286 .375 .500 .214 0 0
2016 SFN MLB NL 637 572 70 152 23 5 11 218 53 53 79 12 7 .266 .331 .381 .115 2 6
2017 SJO A+ CAL 7 6 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .429 .333 .000 0 0
2017 SFN MLB NL 542 497 73 135 31 5 12 212 43 40 69 12 7 .272 .329 .427 .155 1 1
2018 TBA MLB AL 173 143 27 34 7 1 4 55 28 28 24 6 2 .238 .364 .385 .147 1 0
2018 SEA MLB AL 328 294 36 80 15 6 7 128 30 23 55 3 2 .272 .329 .435 .163 6 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1547 0.5469 0.3891 0.8688 0.5496 0.1954 0.9441 0.6131 0.1312 -0.0054
2009 2583 0.5343 0.3848 0.8924 0.5225 0.2269 0.9417 0.7619 0.1076 -0.0010
2010 2656 0.5531 0.3852 0.9081 0.5364 0.1980 0.9378 0.8085 0.0919 0.0004
2011 1162 0.5869 0.4088 0.9032 0.5396 0.2229 0.9293 0.8131 0.0968 -0.0033
2012 2210 0.5425 0.3851 0.9166 0.5405 0.2008 0.9537 0.7980 0.0834 0.0047
2013 2435 0.5175 0.4242 0.9003 0.5619 0.2766 0.9364 0.8215 0.0997 0.0006
2014 2441 0.5342 0.4175 0.9087 0.5706 0.2419 0.9556 0.7818 0.0913 0.0005
2015 1001 0.5185 0.4166 0.8921 0.5819 0.2386 0.9404 0.7652 0.1079 -0.0042
2016 2423 0.5014 0.4342 0.8584 0.6107 0.2566 0.9218 0.7065 0.1416 0.0000
2017 2014 0.4975 0.4330 0.8796 0.5699 0.2974 0.9440 0.7575 0.1204 0.0000
2018 1933 0.5199 0.4268 0.8448 0.5781 0.2629 0.8950 0.7254 0.1552 0.0000
Career224050.53030.40900.88930.55950.23870.93680.76260.1107-0.0002

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-24 - DTD - - Right Knee Laceration -
2014-06-15 2014-06-17 DTD 2 1 - Low Back Tightness -
2014-04-12 2014-04-19 7-DL 7 7 - Head Concussion Player Collision While Running Bases - -
2013-09-05 2013-09-07 DTD 2 1 - Groin Tightness - -
2013-06-17 2013-06-18 DTD 1 1 Right Foot Contusion Foul Ball - -
2013-06-10 2013-06-11 DTD 1 0 Right Foot Contusion Foul Ball - -
2013-05-04 2013-05-05 DTD 1 1 - Foot Contusion Foul Ball - -
2013-04-16 2013-04-19 DTD 3 2 - General Medical Illness - -
2012-08-28 2012-09-12 15-DL 15 14 Right Shoulder Sprain SC Joint - -
2012-08-13 2012-08-23 DTD 10 9 Right Shoulder Soreness Diving Catch - -
2012-07-22 2012-07-22 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2012-05-15 2012-05-18 DTD 3 3 - Thigh Soreness Hamstring - -
2012-03-11 2012-03-14 Camp 3 0 - Neck Stiffness - -
2011-08-14 2011-09-22 15-DL 39 35 - Head Concussion Recurrence of Concussion Symptoms - -
2011-06-07 2011-08-02 15-DL 56 49 Head Concussion Player Collision At Home Plate -
2011-06-04 2011-06-06 DTD 2 2 Neck Stiffness Player Collision -
2010-09-26 2010-09-27 DTD 1 1 Left Foot Soreness -
2010-09-17 2010-09-20 DTD 3 3 Right Shoulder Soreness Diving Catch -
2010-07-25 2010-07-27 DTD 2 2 General Medical Illness -
2010-05-23 2010-05-25 DTD 2 1 Right Shoulder Contusion -
2010-03-08 2010-03-09 Camp 1 0 Left Forearm Soreness -
2009-09-22 2009-09-25 DTD 3 2 Head Concussion HBP -
2009-06-10 2009-06-25 15-DL 15 13 General Medical Illness Vestibular Neuritis -
2009-05-24 2009-05-26 DTD 2 2 General Medical Illness Light Headed -
2008-09-16 2008-09-16 DTD 0 0 Low Back Stiffness Player Collision -
2008-07-25 2008-07-25 DTD 0 0 Groin Soreness After Crashing Into Wall -
2008-05-21 2008-06-16 Minors 26 0 Left Fingers Fracture Middle Finger -
2007-11-15 2007-11-15 Off 0 0 Right Face Surgery LASIK 2007-11-15
2005-04-30 2005-05-07 Minors 7 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2004-05-19 2004-07-29 Minors 71 0 Right Wrist Fracture Hamate - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 TBA $11,000,000
2017 SFN $11,000,000
2016 SFN $5,000,000
2015 WAS $9,000,000
2014 WAS $6,500,000
2013 WAS $4,750,000
2012 MIN $3,000,000
2011 MIN $1,000,000
2010 MIN $750,000
2009 MIN $435,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$52,435,000
10 yrTotal$52,435,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 111 dAll Bases Covered2019

Details
  • 2019
  • 3 years/$31M (2016-18), plus 2019 mutual option. Signed by San Francisco as a free agent 1/7/16. $6M signing bonus (paid in equal installments 1/20/17 and 1/20/18). 16:$3M, 17:$9M, 18:$9M, 19:$12M mutual option ($4M buyout). 2017 salary may increase based on 2016 performance: increase of $0.125M each for 400, 425, 450, 475, 500, 525 plate appearances and $0.125M each for 90, 100 games. 2017-19 performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 400, 425, 450, 475, 500, 525 PA and $0.25M each for 90, 100 games. Acquired by Tampa Bay in trade from San Francisco 12/20/17. Seattle declined 2019 option 10/30/18.
  • 5 years/$16.5M (2010-14), plus 2015 club option. Signed extension with Minnesota 3/13/10. 10:$0.75M, 11:$1M, 12:$3M, 13:$4.75M, 14:$6.5M, 15:$9M club option, $0.5M buyout. Acquired by Washington 11/29/12 in trade from Minnesota for rhp Alex Meyer. Washington exercised 2015 option 10/30/14.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/7/10.
  • 1 year/$0.435M (2009). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/8/09.
  • 1 year/$0.435M (2009). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/8/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Re-signed by Minnesota 1/24/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased by Minnesota 11/06.
  • Drafted by Minnesota 2002 (1-20) (Tampa Catholic HS). Signed 8/02, $1.7M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 666 81 174 34 5 15 74 54 95 15 7 .290 .353 .439 110 35.1 3.7
80o 652 77 164 32 4 14 70 52 95 14 6 .279 .342 .418 104 28.4 3.0
70o 642 74 158 31 4 14 67 50 95 13 6 .272 .333 .412 100 23.7 2.5
60o 633 71 152 29 4 13 65 48 94 13 6 .265 .325 .398 97 19.8 2.1
50o 625 69 147 28 4 13 63 46 94 12 6 .259 .318 .392 94 16.3 1.7
40o 617 67 144 28 4 13 61 45 94 12 6 .257 .316 .391 90 12.8 1.4
30o 608 65 138 27 4 12 59 43 93 12 5 .250 .307 .378 87 9.2 1.0
20o 598 62 132 25 4 12 57 41 93 11 5 .242 .299 .369 83 5.1 0.5
10o 584 59 123 24 3 11 54 39 92 10 5 .230 .286 .348 77 -0.4 0.0
Weighted Mean6267014929413644694126.263.322.3979416.71.8

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DateQuestionAnswer
2016-11-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)Handedness aside, do you feel Austin Jackson or Denard Span is a better comp for Desmond Lindsay? Or neither? Regardless, if you had to bet, how do you see his next 2ish years in the minors unfolding and how his prospect status will change (or not change).
(Henry from NY)
I'm not convinced Lindsay's a centerfielder yet and I think he's got more power than Span, so I guess Jackson? I generally don't love comps for short-season guys that can go in a lot of different directions, to be honest.

If I had to bet on what Lindsay does over the next two years, I'll bet that he keeps having recurring leg injuries because he's had an awful lot of recurring leg injuries, and that he'll also continue to hit. Attrition and level advancement causes his stock to relatively rise. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-11-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know comps are difficult and almost always imperfect, but what do you think about Desmond Lindsay comp to (a righty) Denard Span? Span even has the hamstring issues as well
(Rick from PSL)
I don't like left/right comps, but that isn't awful. I kind of like Young Austin Jackson (minus the +30 glove or whatever the advanced metrics spat out on him once upon a time) (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-06-13 23:00:00 (link to chat)Manny Margot is having a pretty solid season in AAA. Is he someone to get excited about at all for fantasy purposes or is he one of those guys who will be more valuable in real life?
(Eric from CA)
He's definitely a player with more real life than fantasy value, as the glove in center is going to be a centerpiece of his value. But he's nothing to sneeze at from a fantasy perspective either - we had him as the 31st-bet fantasy prospect pre-season, after all, and he hasn't really done anything to diminish that projection with his solid play at AAA. He's not going to carry your outfield, but he can give you something like Good Denard Span production. Especially in points leagues that'll do just fine.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=28437 (Wilson Karaman)
2016-04-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looking for Corey Ray's most likely landing spot. Another 3SBs for him last night, now 34, with a .280 ISO and a 13% K rate. Amazing toolkit. Is the MLB comp Carl Crawford?
(Doclove from Ann Arbor)
This would be a good time for me to plug Chris Crawford's draft guide, because he loves Corey Ray. I don't think he has Crawford's pure speed (esp. young Carl Crawford). This is a laaaaaazy comp, but perfect world projection could be something like Denard Span? (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Going into the season The Nationals looked like World Beaters and also The White Sox looked poised to do some damage... What did work? What Didn't?
(Josh from Chicago)
Hoo boy. Long stories here. We all overrated the Nationals. Just were way too into the name value on some of those guys, ignored their downsides. Also, though, hard to forecast the brutal half-season Ian Desmond had, or the sheer degree of Denard Span's injury issues.

The White Sox got some sudden downturns from guys with decent track records, but their biggest problem was a dearth of quality depth and flexibility that would have allowed them to weather that. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the CF options this offseason either by FA or trade?
(T.J. from Chicago, IL)
For the Cubs or in general? Trades are hard to guess since I didn't expect Dexter Fowler - for example - to get moved this winter but he did. Austin Jackson and Denard Span are the other decent CF options out there this winter; if I had to rank them it's close. I lean a healthy Span over Fowler and then Jackson. But none of these guys is elite. (Mike Gianella)
2014-09-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty league question. Would you trade Jimmy Nelson for Denard Span all things being equal?
(Eric JockItch from Down Under)
With the caveat that this question is better suited for our fantasy folks, yes, I would make that trade. I don't view Nelson as the type of starter who'll excel in the categories that matter in standard fantasy leagues (assuming that's the scoring type yours uses). (Daniel Rathman)
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Torii Hunter, Denard Span, Ben Revere, Aaron Hicks, Byron Buxton, do the Twins have a fetish for this type of player or what?
(Ace from PA)
Athletic CFs? Who wouldn't? Though, the only real common link between these three is position, ethnicity, and a tie to Minnesota. Otherwise, they're vastly different skill-sets. (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a 17 auction keeper/snake supplemental draft H2H 5x5 Cuts need to be made (guys on the block) Starlin castro 25$ Chase Headley 22$ Christian Yelich 9$ Denard Span 1$ I think I may attempt to release and redraft Castro (is this a good 2014 move with some decent options like Brad Miller in auction if this fails) and Christian Yelich.. PECOTA doesnt really have him setting the world on fire and hes not the greatest against lefties. For category sake (steals .BA) is span the better value at 1$
(dancini from Pittsburgh)
Yeah I think so. Span is going to hit around .280 with 20 steals this year. Castro is too expensive and Yellich is too far away. (Mauricio Rubio)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Jackie Bradley will hit at a level above a guy like Denard Span, or is that a fair comparison?
(Marcus from Greenville)
Similar average, probably a little more on-base skill, and more power. Not quite the same type of player, but I think Bradley will be a little better overall. (Jason Cole)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)Before he was drafted, I remember Jackie Bradley Jr. got compared frequently to Denard Span. Does that still hold up?
(Bret from Toronto)
I don't see it. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2013-02-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dude, do you think the Nats will be better or worse than last year? We might get a full season of Strasburg, Denard Span is a nice addition, and Bryce Harper could get even better, which is sooo metal. But then again I feel like the whole infield could regress, as could Gio. What do you think?
(RTG from Grey Cubicle, DC)
I was as shocked as anyone by Gio's performance last year. I predicted regression, and dude just absolutely dismantled the NL. So hell, you got me when it comes to Gio.

Harper will continue to get better for a LONG time, which is almost scary. 200+ innings from Strasburg, plus you've got Matt Purke lurking back there too... plus there aren't many holes in the lineup. I like them a LOT and wouldn't be surprised to see them not just win the NL East but go deep into the playoffs. (Ian Miller)
2013-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which former Twins CF will have a better season? Ben Revere or Denard Span. I would assume Span due to the lineup around him?
(Tommy from Houston)
Span. Revere's defense is real nice but I don't like the swing and I don't buy him developing secondary skills overnight. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-09-24 14:30:00 (link to chat)Is this the offseason in which Denard Span is dealt away from Minnesota?
(Bradley Ankrom from New York)
It seems that way. I don't get it. They've got him crazy-cheap for the next three years, and if they don't think they're going to compete at all in three years, fine, I get that, but then there's a whole laundry list of *other* stuff they should be doing that they haven't been. I guess the thinking is that he and Ben Revere should both be playing CF, but while I love Revere and certainly *can* see him turning into a very good player, I'm not at all convinced that that's what's going to happen, and with his terrible arm, I'm not sure he's not better off just being a really rangy LF. So yeah, I think they will trade him, but I don't really get it. (Bill Parker)
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Better Fantasy Year: Michael Bourn or Denard Span?
(TOny from Alb)
I'd rather have Span. He's a better hitter in a much better lineup, so he should outperform Bourn in four categories. 30 steals is big, but so are 30 batting average points and 30 Runs+RBI. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)In my aforementioned dynasty league: we score heavily based on OPS. What are the odds that Dexter Fowler becomes are more valuable keeper than Denard Span by the end of the year, assuming they will cost the same coin?
(sharkey from MPLS)
I still don't like Dexter Fowler as a source of stolen bases, especially relative to Span. And I still like Span's power potential over Fowler's, though he hasn't shown much in that regard this season. Fowler's stock is rising for sure, but I'm a big fan of Span. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does a center fielder with great range affect the fielding numbers of his fellow outfielders? The situation I have in mind is the affect Carlos Gomez had over Denard Span on Cuddyer or Delmon Young. Thanks
(nils from minnesota)
Yes, of course, because there will be a lot of discretionary plays between two outfielders that the center fielder will claim even though either fielder can take it. That's going to have an effect on the numbers. It's not a problem that's confined to the outfield either - most fielding systems show some kind of effect based upon who your neighbors are.

One more reason why you should use multiple years of data to evaluate fielding, no matter which system you prefer. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-07 14:30:00 (link to chat)Another Twins question: shouldn't Gardenhire be starting Carlos Gomez every time out against the Yankees? He seems to be too exceptional a defensive player not to be patrolling center against a Yankees lineup that's going to be putting an awful lot of balls in play. Sure, he's a weak bat, but so is everyone else in the bottom half of the Twins' order . . .
(David from Evanston, IL)
So long as those at-bats are coming at the expense of Young and not Denard Span - who's rapidly becoming a favorite - that's not a bad idea, particularly given that left field in Yankee Stadium is a job better suited to being covered by a guy who's got enough speed to play center. Even so, Gomez is such a total zero with the bat that you're going to have to pinch-hit for him sooner rather than later. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-05 16:00:00 (link to chat)Has Denard Span hit his ceiling already?
(CJ from SF)
He is 25 and coming off of his second straight .385+ OBP season. He probably won't develop the power to develop into an all-star but .380/.415 from a solid defensive outfielder is pretty darn-tootin good. (Eric Seidman)
2009-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Two years ago, around this time of year, I asked you to tell me something good about the Twins' system. You mentioned, perhaps as a way of pointing out the relative dullness of that group in 2007, that Denard Span had a nice finish to the year. This year, another half-decade stale Twins' first rounder had a nice finish to the season playing a position where the team desperately needs help. So what's good about Trevor Plouffe? If the answer is "nothing", then I'd be pleased just to hear something good about the Twins' system. Thanks.
(Minneapolitan from Nashville)
I still think Plouffe has some kind of chance to get there as some kind of utility player. I do think there some solid stuff in the Twins system, including a nice group of young, toolsy outfielders, and as always, plenty of strike-throwing starters. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-07-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)I've heard Daryl Jones comped to Denard Span. Does that seem close?
(cardsfan89 from St. Louis)
Not crazy about it. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)So who loses out in the Twins OF/DH situation?
(Tim from Green Bay)
I don't see Tony Oliva getting many at-bats at all.

I have questions about every single player in that bunch - Delmon Young, Carlos Gomez, Denard Span, Jason Kubel, Mike Cuddyer - and particularly the first two, given their inabilities to get on base consistently. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)"I'd like to hear what their excuse for not making a run at signing Adam Dunn is" We have Carlos Gomez, who even though he runs around like a chicken with its head cut off, plays defense! We have Denard Span, who despite having his best year ever last year after years of crap in the minors, we are sure will get better! We have Mike Cuddyer, who does magic tricks in the clubhouse and throws hard! We have Jason Kubel, who showed grit by coming back from an injury! We have Jason Pridie and Luis Matos in AAA, and they both can run fast! We already have the worthless Delmon Young, who I'll trade for a bowling ball! Why add another guy that won't play the Twins way?
(Ron Gardenhire from Metrodome)
I don't know that I can add anything to that except, "Also, he costs money."

...Jim in PA, email me with your bona fides. (Steven Goldman)
2008-12-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Delmon Young will be back and, if so, how much will he play (Gardenhire's comments notwithstanding).
(Swen from Minneapolis)
I get the strong feeling the Twins would prefer to play Denard Span and trade Young. (John Perrotto)
2008-12-04 13:30:00 (link to chat)I'm not sold on getting rid of Delmon Young yet to make room for Denard Span. What would you do if you were Twins GM?
(paulbellows from Calgary)
The Twins could really use good players on the left side on the infield and some OBP. Young doesn't do either, and while his peak seasons are going to be impressive, he's never going to be one of the best hitters in baseball. Find the team that sees the BA and power potential, doesn't see the so-so defense/positional value or lack of walks, and convert him. It's not "to make room for Denard Span," so much as it is to make the overall talent better, to win more games. That deal may not be there, but I'd certainly try and find it. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-12-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)Has Ron Gardenhire screwed the Twins? He came out and said that his outfield is Denard Span, Carlos Gomez, and Michael Cuddyer, and that there is no room for Delmon Young in it. That really improves the team's leverage in trade discussions. I'm also interested in your opinion on Young. In Minnesota, it seems like most people hate him (for example, when he didn't get angry about Gardenhire's comments, many are saying that he just doesn't care about anything), but how about an outsider's view?
(russadams from Minnesota)
Ideally you'd certainly like your manager to shut his pie hole about such things, but if it's in the news it was probably being whispered somewhere anyway.

I honestly have no idea what to make of Young yet, beyond the fact that his plate discipline and power are a lot further off than originally thought, and that he's Blind Wily Mo Pena bad in the outfield. Still, he's going on 23 and has the raw tools that made him a top prospect, if perhaps a makeup that's something of a negative. I don't think he's worth dumping for the sake of dumping if I'm the Twins unless he's a truly noxious presence.

Two more and then I've got to run... (Jay Jaffe)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)Hi, Christina... always enjoy your take on things. Do you think Denard Span is for real? His minor league numbers pale in comparison to what he did for the Twins in 08. Did he learn something or was it just luck?
(Jimbo from British Columbia)
Channeling "Barton Fink," I guess I get that Alex Cole feeling where Span's 2008 is concerned. Not that there's anything wrong with a great first impression, and the boost to his walk rate suggests a developing approach. Never count out the fact that players are people, and have learning curves at work, just like you and me. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Almost exactly a year ago, I asked you for good news about the Twins system and you offered me, basically, Denard Span's second half in Rochester. I'd like to thank you for that and ask another bit of 2008 good news.
(Nightclub Dwight from The Nice Nice)
Ben Revere is really good. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-08-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Denard Span, a former 1st rd pick, is living up to his potential?
(Bobby from TX)
His 26% liner rate is going to be tough to sustain, and that's the source of his .363 BABIP, which is in turn the reason he's hitting as well as he is. I think he's an intriguing player, but with a .141 ISO and a batting average living off an unrealistic BABIP, I'd wait before saying he's fulfilling his first round potential. The sample is just too small. (Marc Normandin)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Minnesota signs a veteran like Kenny Loften to platoon in CF and play lead off? Will Gomez start the year in AAA or will he beat out Jason Pridie and Denard Span?
(Mike from Minnesota)
No, and they shouldn't bother. If you're going to be an also-ran, why sign Lofton (who can't really play center any more)? And to some extent, they already have one such guy, in that Darnell McDonald is on the 40-man, and he's actually pretty handy. I suspect this will be the big opportunity for guys like Pridie and Span to show something now, while Gomez polishes his game in Triple-A--which he definitely needs to do. (Christina Kahrl)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-06-09 14:30:002009 Draft CoverageOne of the great things about being at BP is having great help just a few keyboard clicks away. I asked Rany, who did his fantastic series on draft history, if he remembers a draft that was better 11-20 than 1-10. Rany jumped into action for me, and found just one in 15 years: 2002.

Top Ten: B.J. Upton, Zack Greinke, Prince Fielder, Jeff Francis.
11-20: Hermida, Joe Saunders, Scott Kazmir, Nick Swisher, Cole Hamels, James Loney, Denard Span.

The best example is 1994, where Garciaparra, Konerko and Varitek went 12-14. Needless to say, the top 10 that boasted Paul Wilson, Ben Grieve, Todd Walker and Jaret Wright wasn't as good. (Bryan Smith)
 

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