Giants Acquire Evan Longoria From Rays in Blockbuster

Giants Acquire Evan Longoria From Rays in Blockbuster

Giants Acquire Evan Longoria From Rays in Blockbuster

Through these topsy-turvy times, we've always been able to count on a few things. Well, death and dogs continue, but Longoria's time in Florida has surprisingly come to an end.

The Tampa Bay Rays are trading third baseman Evan Longoria to the San Francisco Giants, according to multiple reports.

UPDATE, 5:55: Trade talks apparently picked up this afternoon, perhaps related to previous activity by other teams, and for first time Rays officials sound like something could happen tonight."At this point today, some of those conversations are movi".

The 32-year-old third baseman leads the club all-time with 1,435 games played, 261 home runs, 892 runs batted in, 338 doubles, 618 extra-base hits, 780 runs scored, 569 walks and 2,630 total bases. The Giants finished the season with Pablo Sandoval at third base; he batted.225 in 47 games.

The underlying peripherals aren't too sunny either. Frazier hit 27 home runs to Longoria's 20. 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. Arroyo was apparently the best prospect they could get back. He hit.261/.313/.424 with 20 home runs and 86 RBIs last season with the Rays, which was his 10th year with the organization. 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.

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

Was Longoria the right call, though?

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.

Despite the addition of Longoria, the Giants remain weak in the outfield. His best three seasons happened to be his first three in MLB as he won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2008 and was named to the American League All-Star team in 2008, 2009, and 2010. He's owed $11 million this year and has a club option of $12 million next year which has a $4 million buyout.

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

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