The 32-year-old Longoria leaves Tampa Bay as the longest-tenured player in franchise history, after spending almost 10 seasons in a Rays uniform. By adding Longoria and dumping Span's salary in the same deal, the franchise adds just $2.5 million to its bottom line for next season as Longoria is scheduled to make $13.5 million in 2018. He hit.261 with 20 homers and 86 RBIs in 2017 on.313/.424/.737.
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. I think I've been pretty upfront about wanting to be in Tampa (Bay) for my whole career, but I realize that my window is getting smaller to win a championship.
After days of rumors about the potential trade, the Rays officially announced the deal on Wednesday. The Tampa Bay Rays bid farewell to their franchises best player, and closes the door on an era which saw a number of year of prosperity large in part due to their superstar third baseman. While Longoria is a clear upgrade and is still capable of being a highly productive player, still, one has to wonder why they didn't inquire more into Todd Frazier, maybe Frazier is set on remaining on the east coast, in that case, this was a great move.
Longoria, 32, has five years left on a six-year, $100 million contract extension he signed in November 2012.
"When you talk about the elite third basemen of the game, Evan's name is going to be there". Arroyo made his major league debut there and batted.192 in 34 games.
As part of the assignment bonus, Tampa Bay owes Longoria $1.5 million on December 15, 2025, and $2 million on December 15 in each of the following four years.
Span gets $9 million plus possible performance bonuses next year, and the Rays inherit a $12 million mutual option for 2019 with a $4 million buyout. In a previous article, Topkin mentioned that the New York Mets, New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals also had an interest in trading for the third baseman.
"This move fills an important need for our club and completes one of our offseason goals", said Brian Sabean, Giants executive vice president of baseball operations.