Giants trade for Evan Longoria

Rachel Hardy
December 21, 2017

The 21 year old Arroyo, a Tampa native, was the Giants top prospect heading into 2017 and made his major league debut in May. However, on the flip side if Longoria can return to anything close to his old self the Giants not only have a steal but have revived the careers of one of the premier third baseman in the game. "His durability and leadership will strengthen our club moving forward". Longoria ended that season in the World Series. Calling third base a black hole for San Francisco is an insult to black holes; the team's collective line at the position in 2017 was a putrid.216/.268/.300, all of which were far and away the worst in baseball. The San Francisco Giants will have none of that. They may also have a spot or two in their rotation to fill after trading Matt Moore to the Rangers last week. The Tampa Bay Times first reported the trade. The long time Ray, Longoria, still has five years remaining on a six-year, $100 million contract that also includes a seventh-year club option.

"Evan is our greatest Ray". "I speak for our entire organization in wishing Evan and his wonderful family our absolute best".

Adding cash to sweeten the deal and taking on Span's contract ultimately helped the Rays nab Arroyo.

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Arroyo is now ranked as the number 57 prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com. He will be Tampa's no. 4 prospect and could end up being Longoria's replacement.

There is a clear point of delineation in the fortunes of Tampa Bay's Major League Baseball franchise, a split that can be summed up by one word, and one player. There have always been rumors that Adeiny Hechavarria was on the trading block in Tampa. Longoria's still-strong defense (+11 Defensive Runs Saved and his third Gold Glove) kept his WAR respectable at 3.6, but that kind of offensive slide is worrisome for a player well into his 30s.

The greatest player in Rays franchise history is moving on. Accustomed to disappointment even after that 2008 season at least made their team relevant, they're now left to search for another player to sustain their hope. However, lets not sugar coat things Longoria is 32, showing signs of decline, and the Giants finished last season 40 games back of the Dodgers with a roster with very little sustainable youth. But adding Longoria is a good place to start.

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