Rays trade Longoria to Giants, reports say

Prepare yourself for Evan Longoria, Giants third baseman, with an adorable Little League flashback

The Rays traded perhaps the greatest player in franchise history, Evan Longoria, to the Giants for Denard Span, Christian Arroyo and two pitching prospects.

Longoria a three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove victor, has hit at least 20 home runs in nine of his 10 Major League Baseball seasons.

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. They have filled a void at third base, but still have a lot of work left to do to catch Los Angeles, Arizona and Colorado in the NL West. Pablo Sandoval and Kelby Tomlinson platooned at the position in 2017 for San Francisco, but neither player provided much at all offensively. 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. Longoria will make $13.5 million next season.




"We are pleased to bring Evan Longoria to the Giants organization", Giants general manager Bobby Evans said. San Francisco wanted a two-way threat, and Longoria's power and Gold Glove defense are exactly what the Giants were looking for in the trade market. I think I've been pretty upfront about wanting to be in Tampa (Bay) for my whole career, but I realize that my window is getting smaller to win a championship. The San Francisco Giants will have none of that. Tampa Bay must take on the a year ago of outfielder Denard Span's contract, which is for $9 million. "He's been one of the most consistent third basemen in the game", Bochy said. However, Span has just one more year on his contract, so he will be off their books by 2019. 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.

Aside from having to shell out upward of $15 million for Longoria's services in each of the final three seasons on his contract, the Giants should also be concerned about his status as an aging veteran.

Span, 33, signed a three-year deal with the Giants in January 2016. 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.

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