Giants sign Denard Span to a three-year deal

Succeeding their acquisition of fellow free agent outfielder Nori Aoki, the San Francisco Giants have further supplemented their outfield in signing Denard Span to a three-year $31 million deal. The former National bellwether spent the first four seasons of his career in Minnesota after signing a three-year deal in Washington.
The remunerative 31-year old has been in has been a constant contributor to a once ascendant Washington lineup, with back-to-back .300 batting averages to end his tenure in the nation’s capital. He also had a resplendent NL leading 184 hits in 2014 when he placed 19th in the MVP race.
Despite his redoubtable offensive capabilities thats seen him garner a collective 6 offensive WAR over the past pair of seasons, his defence seems to be on the decline. According to Baseball Reference, after a defensive WAR of 2.4 in 2012, his dWAR has been in diminution with 0.5, -0.1 and -1.0 in the season’s following his luminescent 2012 campaign.
The outfielder also missed the majority of last season due to a hip injury after he was consigned to surgery.
Span now rounds out a relatively aged outfield, and a potent San Francisco lineup with Buster Posey playing another full season healthy.
With Span, Pagan and Pence in the outfield, their good infield and a starting rotation fresh off an offseason overhaul, should the team be graced with redoubtable health, the Giants are conspicuously in the race for the NL West crown.

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