The San Francisco Giants have agreed on a $31-million, three-year deal with free-agent outfielder Denard Span, pending a physical.
It has been a pricey offseason for the Giants, who missed the playoffs last year after winning their third World Series title in five seasons in 2014. San Francisco signed right-handers Johnny Cueto to a $130 million, six-year contract and Jeff Samardzija to a $90 million, five-year contract to bolster the pitching staff behind ace Madison Bumgarner.
The team also signed shortstop Brandon Crawford to a $75-million, six-year contract extension, raising the off-season tab to $326 million for the four players who will solidify the team up the middle.
Span, who will turn 32 next month, batted .301 with five homers, 22 RBIs and a .365 on-base percentage in 61 games last season with Washington. He missed time with injuries to his back, left hip and right core but is expected to be healthy again to start this season.
In an eight-year career with Washington and Minnesota, has a .287 career average, with a .352 on-base percentage and .395 slugging percentage. He also has 152 career stolen bases and is a contact hitter who fits the Giants' style of play.
Ken Griffey Jr. will go into the Hall of Fame with a Seattle Mariners' cap and Mike Piazza will have a New York Mets' hat. Griffey spent a lengthy period of his career with Cincinnati, and Piazza reached the major leagues with the Dodgers and was the 1993 NL rookie of the year. Griffey is the first Mariners' player in the Hall.