Tampa Bay Rays say goodbye to Evan Longoria

Why not go all in for Machado
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21 December, 2017

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 is going back to his native California, which could help jumpstart the 32 year-old veteran's average at the plate. 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. Of the 30 postseason games in Rays history, all 30 have featured Longoria starting at third base.

After making a concerted effort to land a marquee player this offseason, the San Francisco Giants have finally succeeded.

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.

There is a clear point of delineation in the fortunes of Tampa Bay's Major League Baseball franchise, a split that can be summed up by one word, and one player.

Now, the Rays did not necessarily have to trade Longoria as he was productive enough and his contract was also reasonable, but they also did not have a compelling competitive reason to hang on to him either.

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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. It is unclear if he will make it to Tampa Bay for the start of spring training as the Rays could flip in another deal.

In five minor league seasons, Arroyo has hit.300/.345/.434 (447-for-1,491) with 106 doubles, 11 triples, 24 home runs and 208 runs batted in.

Longoria leaves the club as the longest-tenured player in franchise history. He will be Tampa's no. 4 prospect and could end up being Longoria's replacement. However, Span has just one more year on his contract, so he will be off their books by 2019.

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. He was stellar at third baseman for a franchise that has for years pushed good defense and good pitching as its formula.

"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.


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