Gi­ants sign Span

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

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.

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