Published: Thu, December 21, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Giants acquire Evan Longoria from Rays

Giants acquire Evan Longoria from Rays

Meanwhile, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Rays are getting outfielder Denard Span and prospects Christian Arroyo, Matt Krook and Stephen Woods in the trade.

Longoria, a 32-year-old third baseman, is the Rays' career leader in home runs, runs batted in, runs scored, total bases and wins above replacement. The Rays also kicked in an undisclosed amount of money to offset the $86 million owed to Longoria, the greatest player in the franchise's history, through 2022. He slumped a bit last season, slashing.261/.313/.424 with just 20 home runs and 86 RBIs, but he gives the Giants another power bat. He was also awarded the Gold Glove for his defensive play at the hot corner. He hit a career-high 12 homers last season while accounting for a minus-1.1 WAR. Tampa Bay drafted him out of Long Beach State, with the third overall pick of the 2006 draft.

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

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. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as the third overall pick in 2006 and played two years in the minors before making his Major League Baseball debut in 2008.

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

Arroyo got his first taste of big league action a season ago, hitting.192 with three homers and 14 RBIs over the first 34 games of his MLB career. He would cash in after the 2012 season by signing a $100 million extension that didn't kick in until 2017, but playing at what amounted to far below market value for almost a decade ensured his continued presence at the Trop. He will be Tampa's no. 4 prospect and could end up being Longoria's replacement. And while he joins a shaky team that won just 64 games last season, Longoria is a lucrative piece for bouncing back quickly. The Giants had been linked throughout the winter to free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas, but signing him would have cost the Giants a 2018 draft pick and global bonus-pool money - added costs they weren't willing to take on.

"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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