Giants trade for Evan Longoria

Hope Soto
December 21, 2017

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays traded Evan Longoria to the San Francisco Giants Wednesday.

The Giants also sent right-hander Stephen Woods and left-hander Matt Krook to the Rays, who acquired third baseman Matt Duffy from the Giants at the 2016 trade deadline for Matt Moore.

Longoria made three American League All-Star teams and won his third gold glove last season.

San Francisco had been trying all offseason to procure a potent bat to anchor its lineup and finally found its man in Longoria, a career.270 hitter with 261 home runs in 10 Major League Baseball seasons. Now he goes across the country to lock down third base for the San Francisco Giants.

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. Longoria will make $13.5 million next season.

"He's sorely needed and will be a great addition for us", Giants general manager Bobby Evans said.

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Getting Span as part of the deal will offset some of the payroll flexibility the Rays gained by trading Longoria. Not to say Longoria is not an upgrade, but he's not the same Gold Glove/MVP Caliber player anymore.

The Tampa Bay Times was the first to report the trade.

"When you talk about the elite third basemen of the game, Evan's name is going to be there".

Unlike other teams that might have gone in the opposite direction, the Giants' response to last season's bottoming-out has been to think big for 2018. What bodes well for the Giants on this move they shredded Denard Span's salary, and have a clear upgrade at a position of need, but they also have a player who is locked into a deal until 2022, and his best days appear behind him.

Span gets $9 million plus possible performance bonuses next year, and the Rays inherit a $12 million mutual option for 2019 with a $4 million buyout.

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. 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.

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