Giants sign Span
After addressing their holes in the pitching rotation early in free agency, the San Francisco Giants filled their biggest remaining need Thursday. The Giants agreed on a $31 million, three-year deal with free-agent outfielder Denard Span, pending a physical, giving them the centre-fielder and leadoff they had sought. If Span passes the physical he will be officially introduced at a news conference today. 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. San Francisco has signed pitchers Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija to bolster the staff behind ace Madison Bumgarner. The team also signed shortstop Brandon Crawford to an extension, raising the off-season tab to $326 million for the four players who will solidify the team up the middle.