Rays trade Longoria to Giants, reports say

Why the Evan Longoria trade is just a short-term fix to the Giants' long-term problems

After being linked in trade rumors earlier this week, the Tampa Bay Rays have struck a deal with the San Francisco Giants to send All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria to the Bay Area.

Accompanying talent is Longoria's toughness.

Longoria is owed $81 million over the next five seasons before his deal has a team option for $13 million in 2022. Additionally, multiple reports including one from Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic have indicated the Rays are sending the Giants cash back to complete the deal, so it's entirely possible the trade is cash-neutral for 2018, which would give the Giants more spending power to address their other needs of finding a center fielder and bullpen help.

"He's sorely needed and will be a great addition for us", Giants general manager Bobby Evans said. Arroyo has played mostly at shortstop in the minors but may be better suited at third base. While Longoria is a clear upgrade and is still capable of being a highly productive player, still, one has to wonder why they didn't inquire more into Todd Frazier, maybe Frazier is set on remaining on the east coast, in that case, this was a great move. He hit.261 with 20 homers and 86 RBIs in 2017 on.313/.424/.737.

Longoria, 32, is a three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove award victor at third base. "I speak for the entire organization in wishing Evan and his wonderful family our absolute best".

Aside from having to shell out upward of $15 million for Longoria's services in each of the final three seasons on his contract, the Giants should also be concerned about his status as an aging veteran.

The team went 80-82 in 2017, fading down the stretch and missing the postseason for the fourth straight year. That cost certainty allowed the Rays to continue building after that initial 2008 success, knowing Longoria was locked in at an affordable rate. He was the third overall selection. He was extremely lucky last season at Triple-A (.427 BABIP) and extremely unlucky in the majors (.231 BABIP), but has the potential to hit a fairly empty.300 in his prime years. He is 33 years old. MLB.com lists Arroyo as the No. 1 prospect in the San Francisco system, while Krook and Woods rank 25th and 29th, respectively. Span grew up in Tampa. He batted.192 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 34 games.

Woods and Krook spent the season in the minor leagues.

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