Rays Trade 3B Evan Longoria to Giants

Rays Trade 3B Evan Longoria to Giants

Rays Trade 3B Evan Longoria to Giants

The trade will bring four players to Tampa Bay: outfielder Denard Span, infielder Christian Arroyo, minor league pitcher Matt Crook and minor league pitcher Stephen Woods Jr. Instead of starting Spring Training with an inexperienced Christian Arroyo and an underwhelming Pablo Sandoval battling for the job, San Francisco now has a player who has hit at least 20 home runs in each of the last five seasons and a three-time Gold Glove Award victor manning the hot corner.

The 32-year-old batted.261 with 20 homers and 86 RBIs last season and is hitting.270 with 261 homers and 892 RBIs in his career.

In short, yes, but the Giants third base situation was kind of like walking into a JC Penney they hand you the keys and say "here you and try and make it work" their best production came from Eduardo Nunez who is best suited as a utility player.

The position had been a priority for San Francisco, and Longoria's durability means so much, too.

In November 2012, Longoria received a $136.6 million, 10-year contract with Tampa Bay that added six guaranteed seasons and $100 million to his previous deal.

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"He's sorely needed and will be a great addition for us", Giants general manager Bobby Evans said. "Evan gives us a Gold Glove-caliber player at third base and also provides us a middle-of-the-order presence in the lineup".

For Tampa this marks the end of an era, out the door goes their greatest player in franchise history. He rated as a league-average batter - the first time in his 10-year career he did not rank as above average - and he has five years and $86 million left on his contract. That being said, he's still one of the more trustworthy third basemen in baseball.

The Giants are making a big bet that Longoria will bounce back from a disappointing 2017 season.

As for the Rays, Longoria would have gained full no-trade rights in early April, and so the Rays had to trade him now or risk not being able to move him at all. He was instrumental to the success the team saw over the past decade, but a team without resources to add and clearly behind the Yankees and Red Sox retreat into rebuild mode and bid farewell to one of the best. He was stellar at third baseman for a franchise that has for years pushed good defense and good pitching as its formula. Longoria's.737 OPS was actually worse than Span's in 2017, as the former Giants' center fielder finished with a.756 clip past year.

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