The Nationals have made it clear this offseason they are in search of outfield help with the logical fit being a left-handed hitter who can play center field, given Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth are not going anywhere. Michael Taylor is slated for center as of right now, but that didn't stop the Nats from offering Jason Heyward a massive contract last week.
Hmm... a left-handed bat who can play center field. What about Denard Span? The 31-year-old has not received nearly the interest of other free agents and, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, Span will work out for interested teams sometime after New Year's.
The idea is to show Span's recovery from hip surgery is going well. He had a procedure to repair a torn labrum in his left hip in September. The timeline for recovery is six months and Span expects to come back 100 percent.
The Nationals have been in contact with Span this offseason, but say his health is their biggest concern. Perhaps he can convince them - and others - otherwise.
Span has a lot on the line this offseason with his agent Scott Boras making it clear he wants a multi-year deal and a starting role. He turns 32 in February and could be looking for his last big contract.
Span hit .301 with 38 runs and 11 steals in 61 games for the Nats in 2015. He was hampered by injuries to his abdomen, back and hip, and had two surgeries before the season even started.
When healthy Span has shown the ability to hit for .300, steal upwards of 30 bases and play excellent defense in center field. At 100 percent, Span would fit with most teams in Major League Baseball, but he will have to prove he's healthy to get the contract he seeks.