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Evan Longoria | Third Baseman | #2

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/7/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Long Beach State
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (3) / TB
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Giants acquired 3B Evan Longoria from the Rays for 3B Christian Arroyo, OF Denard Span, LHP Matt Krook, and RHP Stephen Woods.
The trade is now official, having been announced by both teams. Longoria owns a poor .264 batting average and .320 on-base percentage over the last four seasons, but he still has decent power and plays strong defense at third base. The 32-year-old will most definitely be an upgrade over what the Giants got from the hot corner in 2017, though his fantasy stock could drop even further with the move to homer-sapping AT&T Park. Tampa Bay is expected to cover some of the $86 million that he's still owed. Wed, Dec 20, 2017 12:35:00 PM

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have traded Evan Longoria to the Giants.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says the Rays will receive third base prospect Christian Arroyo, veteran outfielder Denard Span, and minor league pitchers Matt Krook and Stephen Woods. Outside of the Span throw-in this is a decent haul for the Rays, given that Longoria is owed $86 million and hasn't posted an on-base percentage north of .328 since the 2013 season. Maybe the 32-year-old can bounce back offensively in a new environment, but San Francisco is a tough place for such an attempt.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 11:44:00 AM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Giants "have keen interest" in acquiring Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.

Nightengale adds that the Rays would have to take one of the Giants' high-salary veterans like Denard Span or Hunter Pence (who has a full no-trade clause) in order for a deal to work. Span is owed $9 million in 2018, with a $4 million buyout on a $12 million option for 2019. Meanwhile, Pence is owed $18.5 million in 2018 in the final year of his contract. It might seem odd that the Rays would be bringing back salary in a trade, but they could consider it to get out under Longoria's contract while also bringing some prospects back. The Cardinals are among the other clubs who have been connected to Longoria, who is coming off a disappointing .737 OPS and is still owed $86 million through 2022.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 01:09:00 PM

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, there's "some industry chatter" that the Angels could emerge as a potential match for Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.

The Angels are known to be considering third base options, including free agent Mike Moustakas. Longoria has been linked to the Cardinals in recent weeks, but he'll surely draw interest from other clubs if the Rays truly intend to shop him. The 32-year-old is owed $86 million through 2022 and $94 million if an option is exercised for 2023.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 08:47:00 AM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that trade talks between the Rays and Cardinals could expand to including Evan Longoria.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the Rays and Cardinals were discussing a trade for closer Alex Colome. Goold now says those talks could include (or pivot to) Longoria. The 32-year-old third baseman still has at least $86 million owed to him through 2022, with an option that could make it $94 million through 2023. If the Rays are serious about trading the lifetime face-of-the-franchise, they will likely do it before the season, as two weeks in he'll earn 10-and-5 no-trade rights. He's coming off his second-worst full season offensively, but his right-handed power and solid defense at third base would still be an upgrade for St. Louis. This may be Plan B to landing Giancarlo Stanton.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 11:51:00 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that Evan Longoria's name is "not seriously involved -- yet --" in ongoing trade talks between the Cardinals and Rays about Alex Colome.

Morosi has reported a few times about the Cardinals talking to the Rays about Colome and notes that St. Louis "could look to add a bat at third base" if they're unable to land Giancarlo Stanton. It sounds more like informed speculation on his part at this point in connecting Longoria to St. Louis, but it would make sense for the Cards to pivot to third (or first) base if they can't get Stanton or another outfielder. Longoria probably wouldn't top their wish list, though, given that the 32-year-old is coming off a pedestrian .737 OPS season and is still owed $86 million through 2022.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 11:04:00 AM

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays' offseason plans include trading "at least a couple of veterans to reduce payroll."

No veteran appears to be safe, with Topkin naming Evan Longoria, Chris Archer and Alex Colome as possible trade bait. Longoria's contract never gets obscene, but he's owed up to $94 million through 2023 and, while he doesn't have 10/5 rights to veto any trade, Topkin says the club would likely only deal him with the third baseman's blessing. Making things more difficult is the fact that Longoria's .261/.313/.424 line this past season probably doesn't inspire many teams to pony up for the 32-year-old. The only certainty with the Rays this winter seems to be that nothing is certain.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 11:16:00 PM

Evan Longoria is absent from the Rays' starting lineup on Saturday.

It looks like just a regular day of rest for the veteran third baseman. He should be back in there for Sunday's season finale.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 02:42:00 PM

Evan Longoria clubbed his 20th home run of the season as the Rays blasted the Orioles on Friday night in Tampa Bay.

His solo blast off of Wade Miley increased the Rays' lead to 4-0 in the fifth inning. He also drove in a run with a fielder's choice in the first, finishing the night 1-for-4. Longoria is slashing .259/.312/.422 with 20 homers and 85 RBI on the season.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 10:20:00 PM

Evan Longoria is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

Steven Souza and Wilson Ramos are also getting days off. The Rays have Daniel Robertson at third base, Mallex Smith in right field and Jesus Sucre at catcher.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 10:06:00 AM

Evan Longoria clubbed a solo home run as the Rays bested the Orioles on Friday night.

His solo shot off of Ubaldo Jimenez increased the Rays' advantage to 5-2 in the third inning. It was his lone hit in five at-bats on the evening. The veteran third baseman is hitting .267/.319/.430 with 19 long balls and 83 RBI in what has been a disappointing season.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 10:24:00 PM

Evan Longoria reached base four times Thursday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Longoria singled, doubled and walked twice. His wall-ball double in the eighth, which fell just out of Ezequiel Carrera’s reach in center field, knotted the game at three, though Justin Smoak broke the tie with a solo blast later in the inning. The Rays’ long-time third baseman has hit .268 with 17 homers and 68 RBI this season.
Thu, Aug 17, 2017 08:34:00 PM

Evan Longoria (thumb) is back in the Rays' starting lineup Sunday versus the Indians.

Longoria will start at third base and hit third against Cleveland ace Corey Kluber after missing Saturday's game with a bruised left thumb. It was never a serious concern.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 09:48:00 AM

Evan Longoria (thumb) is not in the Rays' starting lineup on Saturday.

Longoria sustained a minor thumb injury during Friday's game. He feels much better and may available as a pinch hitter off the bench on Saturday and should rejoin the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale.
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 02:55:00 PM

Evan Longoria hit for the cycle Tuesday as the Rays beat the Astros 6-4.

The double came in the ninth, and Longoria was originally ruled out on the play before replay correctly overturned the call. Longoria's triple came in the third and was his first of the year. He hit his 17th homer in the first. He's batting .343 with five homers since the beginning of July, and his .797 OPS is his highest mark since the second week of the season.
Wed, Aug 2, 2017 12:22:00 AM

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PosRoleName
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2Nick Hundley
3Aramis Garcia
1B1Brandon Belt
2B1Joe Panik
2Kelby Tomlinson
3Miguel Gomez
SS1Brandon Crawford
2Josh Rutledge
3B1Evan Longoria
2Pablo Sandoval
3Ryder Jones
LF1Hunter Pence
2Jarrett Parker
3Austin Slater
4Mac Williamson
CF1Gorkys Hernandez
2Steven Duggar
RF1Andrew McCutchen
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PosRoleName
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Johnny Cueto
3Jeff Samardzija
4Chris Stratton
5Ty Blach
6Tyler Beede
7Tyler Herb
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Sam Dyson
3Hunter Strickland
4Will Smith
5Derek Law
6Cory Gearrin
7Steven Okert
8Josh Osich
9Pierce Johnson
10Julian Fernandez
11Reyes Moronta
12DJ Snelten
13Roberto Gomez