Giants to acquire Evan Longoria from Rays

Giants to acquire Evan Longoria from Rays

The Rays also acquired two minor league pitchers and 22-year-old infielder Christian Arroyo, who ranked as the Giants' top prospect among position players entering last season.

The Giants have struggled to find a suitable everyday third baseman in recent years, and now bring in a three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award victor in Longoria.

Longoria has played at least 156 games in each of the last five years, so the Giants are banking on his durability while hoping his power translates to a pitcher-friendly park. The franchise has always been high on Arroyo -and at some level it was a victory for San Francisco to avoid trading 2017 first round draft choice Heliot Ramos- but trading a player many people within the organization considered the third baseman of the future is a sign Evans and Co. are feeling the heat to win now.

The last member of the 2008 American League champion Rays still with the club, Longoria will make $13.5 million in 2018 and has $86 million remaining on a contract that runs through 2022.

"Evan is our greatest Ray", owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement. They had a trade in place for NL most valuable player Giancarlo Stanton, but Stanton used his no-trade clause to veto the deal and ultimately agreed to a trade to the New York Yankees.

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. He also hit perhaps the most famous homer in franchise history. The man known for phrases like "this is awesome baby!" and "diaper dandy" was more into telling the Tampa Bay Rays how much they suck.

The Giants are making a big bet that Longoria will bounce back from a disappointing 2017 season. Tampa Bay drafted him out of Long Beach State, with the third overall pick of the 2006 draft.

Span gets $9 million plus possible performance bonuses next year, and the Rays inherit a $12 million mutual option for 2019 with a $4 million buyout. The Giants went 64-98 to avoid the club's first 100-loss season since 1985.

"When you talk about the elite third basemen of the game, Evan's name is going to be there". Longoria's.737 OPS was actually worse than Span's in 2017, as the former Giants' center fielder finished with a.756 clip past year.

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