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Evan Longoria trade marks end of remarkable era for Rays

21 December, 2017, 01:09 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Sep 26 2017 Bronx NY USA Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria throws out New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley during

Per a source, outfielder Denard Span is heading back to Tampa, while Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Rays will also get infielder Christian Arroyo, left-hander Matt Krook and right-hander Stephen Woods. First baseman Carlos Santana, who took a three-year $60 million deal from the Philadelphia Phillies, is the only top-tier free agent hitter to have signed so far this winter. Even if Longoria returns close to his old form, the Giants are and an aging team who just added a 32-year-old player under contract until age 37. 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. At the plate, he batted.261 with 20 home runs and 86 RBIs. He has played at least 156 games in each of the past five seasons.

The San Francisco Giants whiffed on their pursuit of Giancarlo Stanton, but they've added Evan Longoria in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.

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

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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. San Francisco may have been better off going cheaper, younger or shorter at the position instead of taking a short-term upgrade that carries significant long-term complications.

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

Longoria, alone, remained. His longevity with a franchise that can't afford to place much value in roster continuity stemmed in part from a decision Longoria made less than a week after being called up to the majors.

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The greatest player in Rays franchise history is moving on. Watch Vitale, a Rays season ticket holder, go off as he refers to them as a Triple-A team.

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. The team has been shopping pitchers Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi and Alex Colome to varying degrees this offseason.

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