Originally Posted by Kc61
Span is a very good outfielder defensively, no doubt. As a hitter, I'm not enthused.
His lifetime percentages are very good because of outstanding seasons in 2008 and 2009. Unfortunately, it's now almost 2013.
Span's lifetime OBP may be .357 but his highest the last three seasons was .342. He also had .331 and .328.
Span's OPS in 2010 and 2011 was under .700 -- .679 and .687. It was a bit higher this year, but he has little power, with 23 homers in five seasons.
WIth Hamilton on the way, I'm really glad the Reds didn't trade a major prospect in this player.
You are correct, Span may never return to his 2008 & 2009 levels. But, that .342 OBP was just last year. That is a heck of an improvement over what the Reds got from the leadoff spot last year.
I am not too worried about slugging out of the leadoff spot. I just want guys on base for Phillips/Votto/Bruce/Left fielder.
He also is a bargain the next two years at $4.75 mil for 2013 and $6.5 mil in 2014. Plus, Denard would very likely be worth the $9 mil team option in 2015.
I hope Walt has something else up his sleeve, because Denard would have been a great addition at the price.