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Rays trade Evan Longoria to Giants in Major League Baseball blockbuster
21 December 2017, 01:08 | Marlene Fleming
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According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the return package going to the Rays features infield prospect Christian Arroyo, center fielder Denard Span and pitching prospects Matt Krook and Stephen Woods.
The 22-year-old hit.300/.345/.434 over five seasons in the minors and is under team control for six years. "Moving forward, we will continue to work on additional opportunities to improve the club for 2018".
The 32-year-old Longoria is the picture of reliability and durability: He's played at least 122 games every year but 2012, when he missed half the season with a hamstring strain, and has posted an OPS of.840 or better every season but two.
The Giants - who could not convince Stanton to join them after working out a trade with the Marlins - needed a jolt to an offense that had the fewest homers and the lowest O.P.S.in the majors last season. He's also a great leader in the clubhouse and a great asset to the Giants, who are hoping to reload quickly after a disappointing 2017 season.
Evan Longoria is San Francisco-bound. 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.
The San Francisco Giants whiffed on their pursuit of Giancarlo Stanton, but they've added Evan Longoria in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.
On the final day of the 2011 regular season, Longoria provided perhaps the most spellbinding moment in Tampa Bay baseball history, willing a home run just over the left-field fence at Tropicana Field to put the Rays in the playoffs for the third time in four years. "I speak for our entire organization in wishing Evan and his wonderful family our absolute best". But what's worse for those supporters is that his departure is a flashing neon sign that the Rays, long the pipsqueak financially in the behemoth AL East, are planning to take a step back in the division as the Yankees and Red Sox flex their might. However, Span has just one more year on his contract, so he will be off their books by 2019. He will be Tampa's no. 4 prospect and could end up being Longoria's replacement. 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. There have always been rumors that Adeiny Hechavarria was on the trading block in Tampa. With the addition of Longoria, the Giants will likely look to move other contracts. If not they could keep him on a $13 million team option.