Giants acquire three-time All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria from Rays

Esther Moore
December 21, 2017

January 2010 Playmate of the Month and better half of the other famous Longoria, a 3-time All-Star with the Tampa Bay Rays. Longoria ended that season in the World Series.

It is the second trade that the two teams made recently. Longoria is going back to his native California, which could help jumpstart the 32 year-old veteran's average at the plate.

"Evan gives us a Gold Glove-caliber player at third base and also provides us a middle of the order presence in the lineup", Giants general manager Bobby Evans said.

The underlying peripherals aren't too sunny either. None of their players hit even 20 home runs. And his average exit velocity on balls dropped from 90.7 miles per hour in '16 to 86.7 miles per hour a year ago.

The Giants just got a lot better - and so did their WAGs club.

Longoria is owed $86 million though the 2023 season, assuming his option for 2023 is declined and the Giants pay a $5 million buyout. But since signing it, he's posted a cumulative.265/.325/.457 line with a 116 OPS+- decidedly pedestrian numbers for that kind of investment.

The Rays bid farewell to Longoria with this tweet: "We salute our greatest ever".

That's a risk the Giants are willing to take, and it's easy to understand why.

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Christian Arroyo, who is 22-years-old, also plays third base. It's easy to understand why the Giants didn't feel comfortable committing multiple years and millions of dollars to anyone in that group.

Arroyo, who is the Giants' first-round pick in 2013, played in 34 games after making his major league debut in 2017.

While Longoria is a solid solution for San Francisco's problems in the short-term, there are significant consequences the Giants might face into the future because of this trade.

The Giants will be receiving cash, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Virtually none of those big contracts are movable, particularly in a day and age when teams are terrified of surpassing the luxury tax threshold.

Arroyo is the real prize of the deal for the Rays. The team has been shopping pitchers Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi and Alex Colome to varying degrees this offseason.

Longoria, alone, remained. His longevity with a franchise that can't afford to place much value in roster continuity stemmed in part from a decision Longoria made less than a week after being called up to the majors. Span grew up in Tampa.

Longoria is still a plus player, but nowhere near the player, he was a few years ago.

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