For the small-market Rays, the idea of shelling out another $87 million for a 32-year-old player with sagging stats must have caused some upset stomachs, franchise legend or not. On Wednesday, the Rays dealt the veteran third baseman to the Giants for a four-player package headlined by centerfielder Denard Span and infield prospect Christian Arroyo.
While Longoria is a solid solution for San Francisco's problems in the short-term, there are significant consequences the Giants might face into the future because of this trade. He has often expressed a desire to finish his career with the Rays and signed two team friendly contracts. He hit.261/.313/.424 with 20 home runs and 86 RBIs last season with the Rays, which was his 10th year with the organization. He has played at least 156 games in each of the past five seasons.
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. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as the third overall pick in 2006 and played two years in the minors before making his Major League Baseball debut in 2008. And while he joins a shaky team that won just 64 games last season, Longoria is a lucrative piece for bouncing back quickly.
Photo Evan Longoria was the centerpiece of the Tampa Bay Rays. Frazier hit 27 home runs to Longoria's 20. At 22 years old, he signed what turned out to be an extraordinarily team-friendly contract that guaranteed him $17.5 million over six years with team options for three more years. However, San Francisco doesn't appear to be anywhere close to finished this winter.
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After weeks of courting former Miami Marlins' slugger Giancarlo Stanton, the Giants turned their attention to addressing one of their primary offseason needs, adding a third baseman who can hit in the heart of their order.
Now that the Rays have parted ways with a franchise icon, it could open the floodgates.
For Tampa fans, meanwhile, the loss of Longoria has to be crushing for those who watched him take the team to unforeseeable heights and likely hoped he'd retire a Ray. Span grew up in Tampa.