Heyman | Rays trade Evan Longoria to Giants

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Woods, a 2016 eighth round selection by the San Francisco Giants was traded to the Rays today in a deal also involving Christian Arroyo, Matt Krook, and Denard Span. He hit.261/.313/.424 with 20 home runs and 86 RBIs last season with the Rays, which was his 10th year with the organization.

Longoria, though, is 32 years old and coming off a season in which he hit.261 with 20 home runs. He helped lead the team to a World Series appearance in 2008.

The Giants have struggled to find a suitable everyday third baseman in recent years, and now bring in a three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award victor in Longoria.

The Giants tied the Detroit Tigers for worst record in baseball last season in an injury-ravaged campaign.

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The Tampa Bay Rays have traded Evan Longoria to the San Francisco Giants. He is a 22-year-old infielder who is probably best suited for second base or third base, although he may not hit enough to profile as a regular at anywhere other than shortstop. 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.

"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. The trade is now official, having been announced by both teams. Former UAlbany Great Danes pitcher Stephen Woods was involved in a trade today sending him to the Tampa Bay Rays. However, San Francisco doesn't appear to be anywhere close to finished this winter.

Getting Span as part of the deal will offset some of the payroll flexibility the Rays gained by trading Longoria. Longoria's still-strong defense (+11 Defensive Runs Saved and his third Gold Glove) kept his WAR respectable at 3.6, but that kind of offensive slide is worrisome for a player well into his 30s.

For Tampa fans, meanwhile, the loss of Longoria has to be crushing for those who watched him take the team to unforeseeable heights and likely hoped he'd retire a Ray. The team has been shopping pitchers Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi and Alex Colome to varying degrees this offseason.