Agent Scott Boras has told interested teams that Denard Span will be available for workouts after the New Year to show that he’s healthy, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com (Twitter links). Crasnick added that the Mets, Orioles, Royals, Giants, and Padres could all be fits for the veteran, but it’s not clear how much interest each of those clubs have.
At his annual Winter Meetings scrum, Boras was asked by a reporter if Span could wind up signing on as someone’s fourth outfielder. After three seconds of silence, Boras tersely said “Next!” and moved along with his Q&A session. He also rejected the notion that Span might settle for a one-year deal rather than a multi-year pact. It’s still hard to see Span winding up as anyone’s reserve outfield option, but one has to wonder if Span is going to get the kind of deal he envisioned for himself a couple of months ago. At the outset of the offseason, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes projected that Span could net a three-year, $39MM deal. Lately, however, there hasn’t been much chatter surrounding Span.
The Nationals and Mets have both been linked to Span, though Washington wants to feel comfortable with Span’s health before offering up a deal. Span, who is coming up on his 32nd birthday, has been excellent when healthy, slashing a combined .301/.358/.421 over the past two seasons with 42 stolen bases in 943 plate appearances.