Outfielder Denard Span is a free agent after the Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday they have declined the option on his $12 million contract for next year in favour of a $4 million buyout.
The 34-year-old Span batted .272 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs in 94 games after being traded to Seattle with reliever Alex Colome for two minor leaguers from Tampa Bay. He primarily played left field in a platoon role.
The Seattle Times reported that the Mariners probably would like to bring Span back on a much lesser one-year deal, but he might choose to opt for a similar contract closer to his home in Florida.
Other Seattle players who are now free agents include designated hitter Nelson Cruz, outfielder Cameron Maybin, outfielder-infielder Andrew Romine, infielder Gordon Beckham, right-handed pitchers David Phelps and Adam Warren and left-handed pitcher Zach Duke.
Cruz is the most well-known player among them, but general manager Jerry Dipoto was noncommittal about bringing him back when he held a press conference at the end of the season.
"Nelson Cruz is a championship player," Dipoto said. "We are not yet determined on how we want to look at our DH role. But clearly, if we were committed to going back to the DH-only, we probably wouldn't be having this conversation right now. We would have taken care of it much earlier this year."
(With inputs from agencies.)