Tampa Bay Rays say goodbye to Evan Longoria

Posted December 21, 2017

The Downey, California native will be 36 years old when his contract expires in 2022, and San Francisco entered the offseason looking to become younger and more athletic. "My hope is nothing but the best for the Rays organization and the Rays fanbase".

The 32-year-old leaves Tampa Bay as the longest-tenured player in franchise history, after spending 10 of his big league seasons in a Rays uniform. Arroyo was apparently the best prospect they could get back. He slumped a bit last season, slashing.261/.313/.424 with just 20 home runs and 86 RBIs, but he gives the Giants another power bat. The Giants had been linked throughout the winter to free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas, but signing him would have cost the Giants a 2018 draft pick and worldwide bonus-pool money - added costs they weren't willing to take on. 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's the greatest player in Rays history.

It's the type of "creative" trade Evans said the team needed to make at the outset of the offseason, and there's no doubt that San Francisco's situation at third base improves immediately. "For a decade, he's been at the center of all our successes, and it a very emotional parting for all of us". "I speak for the entire organization in wishing Evan and his wonderful family our absolute best". He hit.380/.456/.570 with four home runs in 28 games at Triple-A.

For the first 10 years of the team's existence, the Devil Rays went 645-972 (.399), never sniffing the playoffs. The Rays are expected to eat some of the $68 million still owed to Longoria as part of the deal. He was the third overall selection.

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

The Giants - who could not convince Stanton to join them after working out a trade with the Marlins - needed a jolt to an offense that had the fewest homers and the lowest O.P.S.in the majors last season. MLB.com lists Arroyo as the No. 1 prospect in the San Francisco system, while Krook and Woods rank 25th and 29th, respectively.

Arroyo, who is the Giants' first-round pick in 2013, played in 34 games after making his major league debut in 2017.