Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:54:34 -0800
Washington Nationals OF Denard Span, who hit .300 in the final 87 games last season, said he worked with hitting coach Rick Schu to make his swing smoother, removing the gap between his front-leg plant and swinging motion. "Last year, especially early when he came over, he looked like he was a 'two-piece' hitter," manager Matt Williams said. "He would get his foot down really early, and then explode from there. Rick has been working with him about letting that flow a little better. So you'll see that in spring training; it's a little more of a subtle movement, instead of getting it down early and then using his hands. He's working on having that flow a little bit." Span is slated to hit leadoff for the team in 2014.
Fantasy Tip: Span's finish to the 2013 season is encouraging and should make you more comfortable in purchasing him this season. Hitting atop the Nats' lineup should put him in position to score plenty of runs, and if the average cooperates, you could have really nice value on your hands.
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:35:10 -0800
Washington Nationals OF Denard Span may have the perfect opportunity to improve on the 20 stolen bases he had in 2013 with new manager Matt Williams planning on being very aggressive on the base paths. "I like that. That's what I want to do. I haven't been as successful in stealing bases in my career, but that is something I strive to get better at everyday," Span said. "I will get better. I will get more than 20 this year, I'll tell you that." Span hired a speed coach in the offseason and spent time watching film of some of the great base stealers in history.
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:09:54 -0800
The Washington Nationals aren't looking to trade RPs Tyler Clippard or Drew Storen or OF Denard Span, according to general manager Mike Rizzo. "We haven't been fielding all that many calls on Clippard and Storen," Rizzo said. "There's a lot of 'lobby talk,' I call it, about it. But there's been actually no offer, no trade scenario that's official, that included Clippard or Storen. Or Span." The price for Clippard or Storen would be very high if they change their mind.
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:58:54 -0800
The Washington Nationals aren't considering trading OF Denard Span.
Sat, 09 Nov 2013 11:27:39 -0800
The Washington Nationals could be willing to listen to trade offers for OF Denard Span this offseason, according to several officials for other teams. The belief is that this could be related to another potential offseason move, such as pursuing free-agent OF Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox).
Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:36:03 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Denard Span went 1-for-5 with a run scored Wednesday, Sept. 18, against the Atlanta Braves, extending his hitting streak to 29 games. His streak is the longest in the majors this season.
Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:52:56 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Denard Span had a fifth-inning single in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Sept. 17, against the Atlanta Braves to extend his hitting streak to 28 games.
Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:42:33 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Denard Span is taking a career-high 20-game hitting streak into Tuesday, Sept. 10, and he's batting .410 with seven extra-base hits, two home runs and five walks during that time. Manager Davey Johnson said Span has been more aggressive lately and more relaxed at the plate. Span's season turned around for the better when hitting coach Rick Schu was brought in in late July. He's also swinging less each day before on-field batting practice, which has kept him fresh. "After (former hitting coach Rick Eckstein) left, Tony told me a few things he had seen over the previous months - and Rick came and kind of developed a routine for me and I've just been sticking to it," Span said. "This is probably the least amount I've swung all year."
Fantasy Tip: Span is hot and comfortable at the dish. You might want to ride him while you can in deep mixed formats.
Sun, 08 Sep 2013 11:23:38 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Denard Span (groin) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in his return to the lineup Saturday, Sept. 7, against the Miami Marlins.
Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:35:50 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Denard Span (groin) is out of the lineup due to tightness in his groin Friday, Sept. 6.