Evan Longoria trade marks end of remarkable era for Rays

Sep 26 2017 Bronx NY USA Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria throws out New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley during

On Wednesday, the Giants acquired third baseman Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays in a five-player trade. The Giants also are sending right-hander Stephen Woods and left-hander Matt Krook to the Rays. The 2008 AL Rookie of the Year and three-time Gold Glover has played at least 156 games in each of the past five seasons and hit 20 or more home runs in all of those years.

The Giants are hoping that Longoria can bounce back from a tough 2017 season that saw him post a.261/.313/.424 line with 20 homers and 86 RBI.

In short, yes, but the Giants third base situation was kind of like walking into a JC Penney they hand you the keys and say "here you and try and make it work" their best production came from Eduardo Nunez who is best suited as a utility player.

"We are pleased to bring Evan Longoria to the Giants organization", Giants general manager Bobby Evans said.

Getting Span as part of the deal will offset some of the payroll flexibility the Rays gained by trading Longoria. San Francisco wanted a two-way threat, and Longoria's power and Gold Glove defense are exactly what the Giants were looking for in the trade market.

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After making a concerted effort to land a marquee player this offseason, the San Francisco Giants have finally succeeded. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as the third overall pick in 2006 and played two years in the minors before making his Major League Baseball debut in 2008. Longoria represents a significant upgrade both offensively and defensively, but how much of one is he going to be will depend on which Longoria shows up.

Rumors have had the Giants moving outfielders Denard Span and Hunter Pence, who will make a combined $29.5 million in 2018. However, there is a potential high reward which could return, Longoria is just one year removed from a 36-homer campaign.

The NL West now has four of the top 15 third basemen, based on last season's Fangraphs WAR rankings: Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies (4), Justin Turner of the Dodgers (5), Jake Lamb of the Arizona Diamondbacks (14) and Longoria (15).

This will be the first shift of scenery for the veteran third baseman.

By shipping Arroyo to Tampa Bay, the Giants also lost out on the opportunity to watch a homegrown first round draft choice morph into an every day starter in San Francisco.

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