Giants Acquire Evan Longoria From Rays in Blockbuster

Aubrey Yates
December 20, 2017

After days of rumors about the potential trade, the Rays officially announced the deal on Wednesday.

The Giants have been exhausting all avenues to try to make a big splash this offseason. Calling third base a black hole for San Francisco is an insult to black holes; the team's collective line at the position in 2017 was a putrid.216/.268/.300, all of which were far and away the worst in baseball.

Aside from moving Span (a Tampa native), the Giants also dealt top hitting prospect Christian Arroyo (another Florida native) as well as pitching prospects Stephen Woods and Matt Krook.

Despite the addition of Longoria, the Giants remain weak in the outfield.

"Evan is our greatest Ray", owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement.

The once-franchise player has his mark all over the Rays' Tropicana Stadium.

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Longoria is owed $86 million though the 2023 season, assuming his option for 2023 is declined and the Giants pay a $5 million buyout. "I speak for our entire organization in wishing Evan and his wonderful family our absolute best". Duffy can now take over the hot corner in Tampa Bay for years to come.

Photo Evan Longoria was the centerpiece of the Tampa Bay Rays.

While the Giants filled their third base need with Longoria, Moustakas remains part of the stable of free agent hitters - which also includes his former Kansas City Royals teammates Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain, plus outfielder J.D. Martinez - still waiting to latch onto a team for 2018.

Arroyo is the key to the deal for the Rays.

Obviously, trading Longoria was a hard move for the Rays, but it was necessary for the future of the team.

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. But adding Longoria is a good place to start.

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