Denard Span is four months removed from having a torn labrum in his left hip surgically repaired, but interest in the free agent center field has yet to fully heat up.
Span has worked out for teams to show he is recovering well from the procedure, and on Monday he posted a video to Twitter to demonstrate the health of his hip.
Here is a clip of him jumping over hurdles during a workout:
Span - who turns 31 next month - was not extended a qualifying offer by the Nationals after the World Series, so he will not cost a team a draft pick if they sign him. For the Nationals themselves, they have not ruled out bringing him back, though GM Mike Rizzo said their interest is heavily dependent on his health. Span was also had surgeries to repair abdominal muscles in Dec. of 2014 and March of 2015.
Span hit .301 with five homers, 22 RBI, 11 steals and 31 runs in 61 games last season. The Orioles and Mets have been rumored among several teams to be interested in Span this offseason.
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Sure, the Nationals and Orioles didn't make the playoffs, but that didn't stop a "Battle of the Beltways" moment from breaking out during NLCS Game 1.
Ex-National Gio Gonzalez started the game for the Brewers. In the second inning, ex-Oriole Manny Machado stepped to the plate for the Dodgers.
Here's what happened next:
If you squint, you can imagine the ball flying into the Nationals Park bullpen or the Camden Yards bleachers.
And in case you're wondering, we have indeed entered the Twilight Zone.
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The Washington Nationals picked up righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Miami in their first offseason move to rebuild the bullpen.
The Nationals said Wednesday that they gave the Marlins international slot value in the deal.
The hard-throwing Barraclough went 1-6 with 4.20 ERA and 10 saves in 17 chances, with 61 appearances this year. He allowed one hit in 36 at-bats in June, when he was chosen NL reliever of the month, but struggled with his command the rest of the season.
Barraclough's ERA ballooned to 10.24 over his final 24 games and he lost the Marlins closer's job.
He has a career ERA of 3.21 with 279 strikeouts and 134 walks in 218 2/3 innings over four seasons, all with Miami.
Washington general manager Mike Rizzo is in need of relievers after jettisoning Shawn Kelley and Brandon Kintzler late this season.
The deal helps the Marlins in their pursuit of top international free-agent Victor Victor Mesa, a Cuban outfielder who tried out for major league scouts at Marlins Park last week.
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