Span remains without close links to a team, David Schoenfield of ESPN reports. Span is now 35 years old, but he can still help a team. He's managed an above-average batting line in four of the past five seasons and hit a solid .261/.341/.419 for the Rays and Mariners last season. He could help fantasy owners in deep leagues with a respectable batting average, and he's not a total zero in either speed or power, though he hasn't had more than 12 homers or steals in any of the last four seasons. At this point in the offseason, it's hard to see him signing somewhere in a starting role.
Span had his $12 million mutual option for 2019 declined by the Mariners and will become a free agent, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. The Mariners opted to pony up for the $4 million buyout instead, sending Span into free agency. The 34-year-old slashed .272/.329/.435 with seven home runs in 94 games after being traded to Seattle from Tampa Bay while serving in a platoon role in left field. The veteran outfielder shouldn't garner much long-term interest but is likely to find a home somewhere, possibly on a minor-league deal.
Span is not included in Friday's starting lineup against Texas, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Span will get the night off with Wade LeBlanc slated to take the hill for the visiting Rangers. Cameron Maybin draws the start in left field and will bat eighth.
Span is not in the lineup Thursday against the Rangers, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. The lefty-swinging Span will get what appears to be a rare day off against a right-handed starter (Ariel Jurado). Utility man Kris Negron will start in left field and hit ninth in his stead.
Span entered an extra-innings win over the Athletics on Tuesday as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning and went 2-for-3 with a two-run double and another two-bagger. Span hit for Guillermo Heredia in the sixth and fouled out in his first at-bat, but he subsequently laced a two-run double in the eighth to cut the Mariners' deficit down to 8-7. The veteran outfielder added another double in the 10th, making it his first multi-hit effort since Sept. 5. It's been a tough month for Span offensively, as he's still hitting just .192 even after Tuesday's showing.