Giants Acquire Evan Longoria From Rays in Blockbuster

21 December, 2017, 01:35 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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Arroyo is one of the Giants' top-ranked prospects.

By acquiring Longoria, Giants' general manager Bobby Evans finally executed the type of blockbuster trade the team's fan base has been waiting for this offseason, and gained a start on setting the team up to contend in 2018.

It's the type of "creative" trade Evans said the team needed to make at the outset of the offseason, and there's no doubt that San Francisco's situation at third base improves immediately.

Longoria, who the Rays drafted third overall in 2006, leaves as the franchise's all-time leader in plate appearances, runs, doubles, home runs, total bases, RBIs and walks, as well as career WAR.

The best part for the Giants? Tampa Bay is expected to cover some of the $86 million that he's still owed.

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.

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The 33-year-old Span has hit.283 with 60 homers and 432 RBIs over 10 years in the majors, but San Francisco was looking for more athleticism and steady defense in the outfield. Last season he hit.261 with 20 home runs - two more than any Giant.

Since exploding his Rookie year with 27 home runs - the same year he helped propel the Rays to the World Series after earning the first playoff berth in franchise history - he's been the organization's pillar.

Photo Evan Longoria was the centerpiece of the Tampa Bay Rays. He's under contract through 2022. He's played in 156 games or more for the past five seasons, totaling 798 - an Major League Baseball most.

The Rays acquired the top infield prospect Christian Arroyo, along with the veteran center fielder Denard Span and the pitching prospects Matt Krook and Stephen Woods. 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.

The Giants finished last in the NL West this past season while the Rays finished third in the AL East.

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