San Francisco Giants acquire Evan Longoria from Rays

Evan Longoria, the Rays' Stalwart, Is Traded to the Giants

The Giants parted ways with veteran outfielder Denard Span, infielder Christian Arroyo and minor league pitchers Stephen Woods and Matt Krook in exchange, the team reported. And while Longoria has hit well over 100 home runs combined in the last five years, he's barely surpassed the 20-home run threshold in three of the last four seasons, which means his power could be in decline and moving to AT&T Park could exacerbate that issue. Not to say Longoria is not an upgrade, but he's not the same Gold Glove/MVP Caliber player anymore.

After trading Eduardo Nunez at the trade deadline past year, the Giants had tried minor leaguers like Ryder Jones and even former Giant, Pablo Sandoval. He hit a career-high 12 homers last season while accounting for a minus-1.1 WAR.

It is the end of an era in Tampa Bay. Longoria has played at least 156 games in each of the past five seasons.

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

The face of the team and a cornerstone of its playoff teams, Longoria said he was appreciative of the Rays and understood why the trade was happening now, after years of whispers about trades. He would cash in after the 2012 season by signing a $100 million extension that didn't kick in until 2017, but playing at what amounted to far below market value for almost a decade ensured his continued presence at the Trop. That being said, he's still one of the more trustworthy third basemen in baseball. In 34 games in the majors, Arroyo hit.192/.244/.304 with three home runs. He was instrumental to the success the team saw over the past decade, but a team without resources to add and clearly behind the Yankees and Red Sox retreat into rebuild mode and bid farewell to one of the best. However, Span has just one more year on his contract, so he will be off their books by 2019.

As part of the assignment bonus, Tampa Bay owes Longoria $1.5 million on December 15, 2025, and $2 million on December 15 in each of the following four years.

The Giants are making a big bet that Longoria will bounce back from a disappointing 2017 season.

Longoria counts as $11,165,300 annually for the Giants' luxury tax payroll and Span $13,333,333 for the Rays' tax payroll.

"This move fills an important need for our club and completes one of our offseason goals", said Brian Sabean, Giants executive vice president of baseball operations.

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