Giants trade for Evan Longoria

Evan Longoria, the Rays' Stalwart, Is Traded to the Giants

Evan Longoria, the Rays' Stalwart, Is Traded to the Giants

Giants acquired 3B Evan Longoria from the Rays for 3B Christian Arroyo, OF Denard Span, LHP Matt Krook, and RHP Stephen Woods. San Francisco will pay Longoria salaries of $12 million next year, $12.5 million in 2019, $13 million in 2020, $16.5 million in 2021 and $17.5 million in 2022. Not to say Longoria is not an upgrade, but he's not the same Gold Glove/MVP Caliber player anymore. "My hope is nothing but the best for the Rays organization and the Rays fanbase".

For the Rays, the trade of the most significant figure in their 20-year history marks the start of what could be a drastic teardown effort, with other assets including outfielder Corey Dickerson, catcher Wilson Ramos, starting pitchers Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi and closer Alex Colome among those who will likely to be shopped in the coming months.

"I don't blame them", Longoria said. Arroyo was apparently the best prospect they could get back.

The three time All-Star, Longoria finished 2017 with a 3.6 WAR, 20 home runs, 86 runs batted in.

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This will be the first shift of scenery for the veteran third baseman. Considering the availability of suitors and sensible reasons to make a trade, it had been speculated that it would not be long before the Rays signed off on dealing Longoria.

It's the type of "creative" trade Evans said the team needed to make at the outset of the offseason, and there's no doubt that San Francisco's situation at third base improves immediately. "For a decade, he's been at the center of all of our successes, and it's a very emotional parting for us all", Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement. "I speak for our entire organization in wishing Evan and his wonderful family our absolute best".

On September 28, 2011, the final game of the regular season, Longoria's 12th-inning home run against the New York Yankees clinched the AL Wild Card.

For the first 10 years of the team's existence, the Devil Rays went 645-972 (.399), never sniffing the playoffs. Tampa Bay is expected to cover some of the $86 million that he's still owed. He was the third overall selection. He is 33 years old. He was ranked the top prospect in the Giants system according to MLB Pipeline and made his debut last summer. In 34 games in the majors, Arroyo hit.192/.244/.304 with three home runs.

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