Rays Reportedly Trade Evan Longoria To San Francisco
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Dec 21, 2017,
Dec 21, 2017, 0:36
The Giants parted ways with veteran outfielder Denard Span, infielder Christian Arroyo and minor league pitchers Stephen Woods and Matt Krook in exchange, the team reported.
Tampa Bay in effect is responsible for $14.5 million of the $88 million Longoria is owed, and the Rays took on $13 million in guaranteed money due Span.
The Giants are hoping that Longoria can bounce back from a tough 2017 season that saw him post a.261/.313/.424 line with 20 homers and 86 RBI.
Over the course of his 10-year Rays career, Longoria was an incredibly productive player, even managing to earn some All-Star nods and MVP consideration along the way.More news: Latvala resigns after report finds probable cause, recommends criminal investigation
The Giants ranked last in the major leagues in home runs last season. On the field, he should add depth to the Tampa Bay outfield, although he may not warrant an everyday job at this point in his career. He also hit perhaps the most famous homer in franchise history. "He's been one of the most consistent third basemen in the game", Bochy said. The long time Ray, Longoria, still has five years remaining on a six-year, $100 million contract that also includes a seventh-year club option. In 34 games in the majors, Arroyo hit.192/.244/.304 with three home runs.
Rays general manager Erik Neander said trading Longoria "was in the best long-term interest of our franchise". 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 will be Tampa's no. 4 prospect and could end up being Longoria's replacement.
San Francisco, which won World Series titles in 2010, '12 and '14, made its first big offseason move after missing out on Giancarlo Stanton and Japanese star Shohei Ohtani. The Giants had been linked throughout the winter to free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas, but signing him would have cost the Giants a 2018 draft pick and worldwide bonus-pool money - added costs they weren't willing to take on. Longoria's.737 OPS was actually worse than Span's in 2017, as the former Giants' center fielder finished with a.756 clip a year ago.
"This move fills an important need for our club and completes one of our offseason goals", said Brian Sabean, Giants executive vice president of baseball operations.