San Francisco Giants Trade for Evan Longoria

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Veteran outfielder Denard Span is among those heading to the Rays, along with infielder Christian Arroyo and minor-league pitchers Stephen Woods and Matt Krook. Instead of starting Spring Training with an inexperienced Christian Arroyo and an underwhelming Pablo Sandoval battling for the job, San Francisco now has a player who has hit at least 20 home runs in each of the last five seasons and a three-time Gold Glove Award victor manning the hot corner. Last season he hit.261 with 20 home runs - two more than any Giant. The Giants finished the season with Pablo Sandoval at third base; he batted.225 in 47 games.

Longoria has five years and $86 million remaining on his deal, after hitting.261 with 20 homers and a.737 on-base plus slugging percentage in 2017, the second-lowest of his career.

"We are pleased to bring Evan Longoria to the Giants organization", Giants general manager Bobby Evans said.

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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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.

By shipping Arroyo to Tampa Bay, the Giants also lost out on the opportunity to watch a homegrown first round draft choice morph into an every day starter in San Francisco.

The face of the team and a cornerstone of its playoff teams, Longoria said he was appreciative of the Rays and understood why the trade was happening now, after years of whispers about trades. Longoria started all 30 of the Rays' postseason games at third. Longoria represents a significant upgrade both offensively and defensively, but how much of one is he going to be will depend on which Longoria shows up.

The 32-year-old has been sent to the San Francisco Giants. First baseman Carlos Santana, who took a three-year $60 million deal from the Philadelphia Phillies, is the only top-tier free agent hitter to have signed so far this winter. However, there is a potential high reward which could return, Longoria is just one year removed from a 36-homer campaign. "Evan has been one of the best third basemen in the game over the last decade, and we are thrilled to add him to the organization". The Giants appear to be desperately banking on a change of scenery helping Longoria rediscover his old form.

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