Giants get Evan Longoria in trade with Rays

Prepare yourself for Evan Longoria, Giants third baseman, with an adorable Little League flashback

Prepare yourself for Evan Longoria, Giants third baseman, with an adorable Little League flashback

Woods, a 2016 eighth round selection by the San Francisco Giants was traded to the Rays today in a deal also involving Christian Arroyo, Matt Krook, and Denard Span. Longoria has five years remaining on a six-year, $100 million contract that also includes a seventh-year club option. The Giants also are sending right-hander Stephen Woods and left-hander Matt Krook to the Rays.

Longoria, a 32-year-old third baseman, is the Rays' career leader in home runs, runs batted in, runs scored, total bases and wins above replacement.

The Giants won World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014, but cratered to 64 wins last season. Instead of starting Spring Training with an inexperienced Christian Arroyo and an underwhelming Pablo Sandoval battling for the job, San Francisco now has a player who has hit at least 20 home runs in each of the last five seasons and a three-time Gold Glove Award victor manning the hot corner. He hit only.261/.313/.424 with 20 home runs and 86 RBI but still defends at an elite level. Death is inescapable; puppies are adorable; and Evan Longoria will rake in Tampa Bay despite never posting an OPS above.900. Arroyo has played mostly at shortstop in the minors but may be better suited at third base. "Evan has been one of the best third basemen in the game over the last decade, and we are thrilled to add him to the organization". Duffy can now take over the hot corner in Tampa Bay for years to come.

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The trade of Span increases the chances that Hunter Pence remains with the Giants next season, however the team has had some discussions with Jay Bruce.

"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.

Adding cash to sweeten the deal and taking on Span's contract ultimately helped the Rays nab Arroyo. He would bring a potentially franchise-altering haul back in prospects if the Rays decide to move him, and could easily shift the balance of power for whichever contender-the Dodgers, Brewers, and Yankees immediately jump to mind-could land him. They may now be able to keep some of their other top players and continue to rebuild with a rather impressive farm system. With Longoria gone, expect Tampa to get aggressive about moving closer Alex Colome, starter Jake Odorizzi, and-most intriguing of all-staff ace Chris Archer.

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