Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:• Denard Span, OF, reports to club.
• John Andreoli, OF, optioned to AAA Tacoma.Span, 34, was acquired by the Mariners in a 4-player trade on Friday (5/25). He reached base safely
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:
• Denard Span, OF, reports to club.
• John Andreoli, OF, optioned to AAA Tacoma.
Span, 34, was acquired by the Mariners in a 4-player trade on Friday (5/25). He reached base safely in 35 of 43 games with Tampa Bay, batting .238 (34x143) with 27 runs scored, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, 28 RBI, 28 walks and 6 stolen bases. He reached base safely in 23 straight games, April 15-May 15, batting .272 (22x81) with 18 runs scored, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 17 RBI, 17 walks and 4 stolen bases during the streak. Span was part of a 5-player trade between the Rays and Giants on Dec. 20, 2017, that sent Span, Christian Arroyo (inf), Matt Krook (lhp) and Stephen Woods Jr. (rhp) to Tampa Bay from San Francisco in exchange for Evan Longoria (inf).
Span is an 11-year Major League veteran with the Minnesota Twins (2008-12), Washington Nationals (2013-15), San Francisco Giants (2016-17) and Tampa Bay Rays (2018). He was originally selected by the Twins in the first round (20th overall) of the 2002 June Draft out of Tampa Catholic High School, where he played on the 2001 state championship team and was all-state as a junior and senior. He was inducted into Tampa Catholic's Baseball Hall of Fame on Feb. 10, 2010.
Over his 11 Major League seasons, Span has hit .282/.348/.396 (1418x5032) with 737 runs, 250 doubles, 66 triples, 64 home runs, 460 RBI, 492 walks and 182 steals. He is one of three National League outfielders with double-digit homers and steals in each of the last two seasons (2016 & 2017), joining Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and Colorado's Charlie Blackmon. He tied for the NL lead with 184 hits in 2014, led the NL with 11 triples in 2013 and tied for the AL lead with 10 triples in 2009.
Andreoli, 27, made his Major League debut with the Mariners on May 23 at Oakland after being selected from AAA Tacoma prior to the game. In his debut, he went 1-for-3 with a walk and made a sliding catch in right field to rob a base hit in the 8th inning. Prior to his selection, Andreoli was hitting .294 (37-for-126) with 21 runs, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs and 20 RBI in 32 games with the Rainiers this season. He was on the Rainiers disabled list from April 22-May 2 with a sprained finger on his right hand.
Andreoli was signed by Seattle as a minor league free agent on Dec. 8, 2017. He spent the past three seasons (2015-17) with AAA Iowa in the Chicago Cubs system. Last year, he hit .244 (105x430) in 119 games with 81 runs, 24 doubles, 8 triples, 14 home runs and 26 stolen bases. He was T1st in the Pacific Coast League in steals, T10th in triples and 11th in runs.
The Worchester, MA, native was drafted by Chicago-NL in the 17th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Connecticut. In 8 minor league seasons (2011-18), he's appeared in 716 games, hitting a combined .269 with 116 doubles, 41 triples, 37 home runs and 240 RBI with 237 stolen bases.