Giants trade for Evan Longoria

Giants trade for Evan Longoria

Giants trade for Evan Longoria

The Giants also are sending right-hander Stephen Woods and left-hander Matt Krook to the Rays.

Longoria batted.261 with 20 homers and 86 RBIs last season. He can play shortstop or third base. The franchise has always been high on Arroyo -and at some level it was a victory for San Francisco to avoid trading 2017 first round draft choice Heliot Ramos- but trading a player many people within the organization considered the third baseman of the future is a sign Evans and Co. are feeling the heat to win now. However, on the flip side if Longoria can return to anything close to his old self the Giants not only have a steal but have revived the careers of one of the premier third baseman in the game.

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.

"Evan is our greatest Ray", Tampa Bay principal owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement.

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As for the players the Rays are getting: Arroyo, an infielder, made his big league debut past year and played 34 games. Not to say Longoria is not an upgrade, but he's not the same Gold Glove/MVP Caliber player anymore. Tampa Bay drafted him out of Long Beach State, with the third overall pick of the 2006 draft. Tampa Bay must take on the previous year of outfielder Denard Span's contract, which is for $9 million. Longoria represents a significant upgrade both offensively and defensively, but how much of one is he going to be will depend on which Longoria shows up.

After trading Eduardo Nunez at the trade deadline a year ago, the Giants had tried minor leaguers like Ryder Jones and even former Giant, Pablo Sandoval.

Span, 33, signed a three-year deal with the Giants in January 2016. "Evan has been one of the best third basemen in the game over the last decade, and we are thrilled to add him to the organization". Longoria spent a decade in the majors with the Rays, taking home All-Star bids in each of his first three seasons as a big leaguer. They also sent cash to the Giants, who shed the $13 million they owed Span in the final year of his contract. Longoria ended that season in the World Series. The Giants appear to be desperately banking on a change of scenery helping Longoria rediscover his old form.

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