San Francisco Giants' trade for Evan Longoria carries significant risk


The Rays bid farewell to Longoria with this tweet: "We salute our greatest ever".

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo, the Giants are sending Christian Arroyo, Denard Span, Matt Krook and Stephen Woods to Tampa.

Evan Longoria is San Francisco-bound. The trade is now official, having been announced by both teams.

Longoria has five seasons remaining on a six-year, $100 million contract that also includes a seventh-year club option.

Evan Longoria has played 200 more games than anyone else who has worn the uniform of Tampa Bay's major league team.

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. Nine different players took turns at the hot corner in the Bay Area last season, and with the exception of Eduardo Nuñez, who was productive before being dealt to Boston in August, all were bad. And while he joins a shaky team that won just 64 games last season, Longoria is a lucrative piece for bouncing back quickly.

By acquiring Longoria, Giants' general manager Bobby Evans finally executed the type of blockbuster trade the team's fan base has been waiting for this offseason, and gained a start on setting the team up to contend in 2018. Frazier hit 27 home runs to Longoria's 20.

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The 32-year-old Longoria is the picture of reliability and durability: He's played at least 122 games every year but 2012, when he missed half the season with a hamstring strain, and has posted an OPS of.840 or better every season but two.

Longoria had a.261/.313/.424 slash line in 2017, with 20 home runs, 86 RBI, and 71 runs scored over 613 at bats. 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.

Adding cash to sweeten the deal and taking on Span's contract ultimately helped the Rays nab Arroyo.

The smooth-swinging, clean-cut kid from Southern California immediately settled in at third base and soon found himself the face of a franchise on the rise.

For Tampa this marks the end of an era, out the door goes their greatest player in franchise history.

Longoria is still a plus player, but nowhere near the player, he was a few years ago.