San Francisco Giants acquire Evan Longoria from Rays
San Francisco Giants have confirmed the acquisition of Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, trading the 32-year-old for Christian Arroyo, Denard Span, Matt Krook and Stephen Woods.
Longoria a three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, has hit at least 20 home runs in nine of his 10 MLB seasons. 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.
San Francisco had been linked with a number of top free agents and trade targets this offseason, even striking a deal with the Miami Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton before the reigning National League MVP decided not to waive his no-trade clause for a move to the Bay Area.
The Giants tied the Detroit Tigers for worst record in baseball last season in an injury-ravaged campaign. Longoria's arrival should help the line-up score more runs next season, after scoring just 639 in 2017 (29th in MLB).
We’ve traded 3B Evan Longoria to San Francisco in exchange for OF Denard Span, INF Christian Arroyo, and minor league pitchers Matt Krook and Stephen Woods Jr. pic.twitter.com/2AGYFwNgIZ— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) December 20, 2017
Arroyo is currently ranked as the number 57 prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com. He can play shortstop or third base. Both he and the veteran outfielder Span were born and raised in the Tampa area.
In 2012, Longoria signed a six-year $100million contract extension that has him locked up through 2022. He also has a club option for 2023.