The Nationals have a $9 million club option with a $500,000 buyout for the 2015 season and they are likely to wait until after the World Series to decide to exercise it or not, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports.
Span is coming off of a fantastic season in which he led the league with 184 hits. Despite getting off to a slow start, he finished the season with a .302/.355/.416 slash line along with 31 stolen bases in 38 attempts. While he was no Mike Trout, Span still ranked among the more valuable center fielders in all of baseball.
If the Nationals were to for whatever reason decline the option, Span could likely get a hefty multi-year deal on the free agent market. Span, however, hopes to return to the Nationals as they let him flourish after coming over from the Twins in a trade back in November 2012. From Ladson’s column:
“From management all the way down to the coaching staff, the Nationals allowed me to be the player that I am,” Span said. “They allowed me to have free reign, just have fun. I think I’ve learned a lot about myself these last two years. It’s a good organization, good teammates, good clubhouse, so yeah it has been a joy these last two years, just back to having fun.”