According to Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area, Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy announced Denard Span will start and lead off in center field over Angel Pagan to start the 2016 campaign. Span signed with San Francisco in the offseason to a three-year, $31 million deal. This likely means Pagan will slide over to left field.
Bochy made it official: Span will start in center field and lead off. He has talked to Pagan about it, will talk to him again in spring.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) February 12, 2016
Span, 31, has a .350 OBP in 4121 plate appearances in the lead off spot and a lifetime OBP of .352. Over 96 percent of his career plate appearances have come from the lead off spot, while 52 percent of Pagan’s plate appearances have come from the lead off spot.