Veteran CF Denard Span on His Future in MLB: “Maybe This Is It”

Denard Span #4 with the Seattle Mariners in 2018. Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images

It appears that veteran center fielder Denard Span has given up on hopes to return to Major League Baseball. Span, who last played in MLB in late 2018, recently told Minnesota Star Tribune that he is close to retiring.

Span spent 2018 with Seattle Mariners, batting .272 with 30 RBIs and seven home runs in 94 games. Mariners decided not to extend his contract after the season ended, and he has been without work ever since. 

“I haven’t announced it, officially, but maybe this is it,” said Span when asked about his future in MLB.

According to the 36-year-old, there were teams interested in his services, but he didn’t like the offers he received.

“I didn’t play last year…not because of an absence of contact from teams. The offers that came my way; they didn’t seem like fair value for my services,” he explained.

Denard Span started his career with Minnesota Twins in 2008, spending five years with the organization. Span also played with Washington Nationals between 2015 and 2017, where he saw some of his best performances before embarking on stints with San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, and Mariners.

Span’s career stats include .281 batting average, 490 RBIs and 71 homers.