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Orioles Rumors: Denard Span targeted

Denard Span is the latest player to be linked to the Baltimore Orioles outfield.

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The Baltimore Orioles have been connected to outfielder Denard Span in a report from Roch Kubatko. In the report, Kubatko says that Span has "been discussed and has supporters in the [Orioles] organization as a potential fit in right field."

The Orioles have been connected to a few outfield options as that appears to be their most dire need. Span joins a list that includes the potential return of Gerardo Parra and Jay Brucewho has been linked via trade rumors.

Despite coming off of an injury-plagued season, Span was a more-than-serviceable batter, posting a 120 wRC+ in 275 plate appearances. Because of his hip injury he could be viewed as a buyer-beware asset which could, in turn, make him a fairly low-risk investment at least in terms of dollars.

However, over the past two seasons, Span's defense has deteriorated to below replacement level. The Orioles wouldn't have to worry too much about that though with Adam Jones as their every day centerfielder already. Span could patrol right field admirably and cost his team far fewer runs or perhaps even rekindle his defensive successes. He's also not connected to a qualifying offer, which means the Orioles wouldn't forfeit a first round pick to sign him.

For the cost-conscious Orioles, Span seems like a great fit. He could be looking for a deal to help rebuild his value and the Orioles have a bit of a track record of doing that with Steve Pearce, and attempts have been made with Travis Snider and Everth Cabrera. The Kansas City Royals have also been linked to Span so the interest in acquiring his services may actually be more prominent than originally thought, but it still shouldn't take a large commitment to employ the outfielder who is going into his age-32 season.