It’s a big night for Scott Boras, it would seem. Not only has he added Greg Holland to his client list (as reported by MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes), but Denard Span, too, will join the ranks of the Boras Corporation as he heads into free agency this winter, reports Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post (via Twitter).
Span will hit the open market for the first time this season at the age of 31, though he’ll turn 32 in February. After debuting as a 24-year-old with the Twins in 2008, the former first-round pick (20th overall, 2002) went on to sign a five-year, $16.5MM extension with Minnesota that covered the 2010-14 seasons and included a $9MM club option for a sixth season (2015).
Span seemed primed for a nice free-agent payday following an excellent 2014 campaign, but he underwent hernia and core muscle surgery this offseason which led to back problems and eventually a hip injury that ended his season. Span had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip earlier this month, and while he’s expected to be ready for Spring Training, that lengthy list of injuries limited him to 61 games in 2015. Those 61 games yielded a .301/.365/.431 batting line with five homers and 11 steals (in 11 attempts) — strong production from a player who comes with a plus defensive reputation.
Boras, of course, has experience representing a wide array of players, with Michael Bourn serving as perhaps the most applicable recent comp. Bourn landed a four-year, $48MM contract with the Indians. That was coming off a healthy season, though the contract is now also several years old, and the market has progressed. Span will join Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, Wei-Yin Chen, Austin Jackson and Ian Kennedy, among others, as 2015-16 free agents that are represented by the Boras Corporation.
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