Published: Thu, December 21, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Giants Acquire Evan Longoria from Rays in 5-Player Trade

Giants Acquire Evan Longoria from Rays in 5-Player Trade

Longoria, who is 32-years-old, has spent his entire career in the Tampa Bay organization.

Longoria has five seasons remaining on a six-year, $100 million contract that also includes a seventh-year club option.

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.

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.

After trading Eduardo Nunez at the trade deadline previous year, the Giants had tried minor leaguers like Ryder Jones and even former Giant, Pablo Sandoval.

Denard Span, a 33-year-old outfielder, played 129 games for the Giants in 2017, batting.272 with 12 home runs and 43 RBIs.

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Evan Longoria has played 200 more games than anyone else who has worn the uniform of Tampa Bay's major league team.

As for the Rays, Longoria would have gained full no-trade rights in early April, and so the Rays had to trade him now or risk not being able to move him at all. Instead, by acquiring Longoria, the Giants could be adding yet another player to their roster who might not be able to produce much in the late stages of his deal. He rated as a league-average batter - the first time in his 10-year career he did not rank as above average - and he has five years and $86 million left on his contract.

As for the players the Rays are getting: Arroyo, an infielder, made his big league debut a year ago and played 34 games. "He's been one of the most consistent third basemen in the game", Bochy said. He will be Tampa's no. 4 prospect and could end up being Longoria's replacement. However, there is a potential high reward which could return, Longoria is just one year removed from a 36-homer campaign.

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. In a previous article, Topkin mentioned that the New York Mets, New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals also had an interest in trading for the third baseman.

Longoria counts as $11,165,300 annually for the Giants' luxury tax payroll and Span $13,333,333 for the Rays' tax payroll. "The organization just got better", said Brian Sabean, Giants executive vice president of baseball operations.

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