Denard Span has been a very solid player all across hit 11 year tenure as a major league player. A career .281 hitter, Span is known as a contact hitter and has never been an easy out. His has a career .347 OBP and does not strike out often, with is career high of 89 strikeouts coming way back in 2009 in his second big league season.
As a fielder, Span spent the majority of his career playing in center field, but also has experience playing both left and right field. Last season he slugged 11 home runs and 58 RBI while splitting time between the Rays and Mariners, and finished the year batting .261 with a .341 OBP.
As a player, there’s really not too much to dislike about Span. One reason I would be hesitant to sign him though is that he is a left-handed hitter, something the Mets currently have a surplus of in their lineup.
Another gripe I have with signing him is his age. Span will be 35 years old entering next season, and while last season he proved he can still be a productive player, he has slowed down in recent years. Once a consistent base stealer, Span swiped a career-high 34 stolen bases back with the Nationals in 2014, however, last season he only had 9 in 134 games.
2 years, $12 million
Since Span has still been a productive player despite his older age, I’d be comfortable giving him a two-year deal in order to secure him for next season. He’d provide solid depth in the outfield, could potentially be platooned with Lagares and would add a solid bat to the Mets bench.
This deal would also give him the chance to play for a contending team for the first time since 2016 and the chance to win a ring at the end of what has been a very fine career.