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San Francisco Giants Trade for Evan Longoria

21 December 2017, 01:07 | Nina Mathis

Prepare yourself for Evan Longoria, Giants third baseman, with an adorable Little League flashback

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins gives instructions to guards Daxter Miles Jr. and Jevon Carter during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State Wednesday Dec. 20 2017 in Morgantown

The trade will bring four players to Tampa Bay: outfielder Denard Span, infielder Christian Arroyo, minor league pitcher Matt Crook and minor league pitcher Stephen Woods Jr.

Longoria is owed $86 million though the 2023 season, assuming his option for 2023 is declined and the Giants pay a $5 million buyout. He will earn $9 million. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2008 and won three Gold Gloves.

Longoria, 32, batted.261 with 20 home runs for the Rays last season. He has played at least 156 games in each of the past five seasons.

The Giants finally struck with a big offseason move on Wednesday acquiring third baseman Evan Longoria from the Rays.

UPDATE, 4:02: It doesn't sound like the Rays and Cardinals will be making a deal today, Derrick Goold writing for the St. Louis Post Dispatch that Cardinals execs "leave the Walt Disney Dolphin resort with good feel for what Tampa Bay would be willin".

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While this winter's Major League Baseball free agent market remains curiously stagnant, with all but a handful of the top available hitters and starting pitchers still seeking employment for 2018, the trade market remains rich and thriving - two realities that are nearly certainly more than coincidental. The Giants do have room to make moves even after adding Longoria's money, but they're right up against their limit and still have holes to fill in the outfield, rotation and bullpen. San Francisco may have been better off going cheaper, younger or shorter at the position instead of taking a short-term upgrade that carries significant long-term complications.

UPDATE, 11:09: RHP Steve Cishek, who was a very effective addition to the Rays pen last season, has reunited with pitching coach Jim Hickey, agreeing to a deal with the Cubs.UPDATE, 10:40: Like most teams, Rays officials are heading out of the meetin.

Rays general manager Erik Neander said trading Longoria "was in the best long-term interest of our franchise".

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. With Longoria gone, expect Tampa to get aggressive about moving closer Alex Colome, starter Jake Odorizzi, and-most intriguing of all-staff ace Chris Archer. The Rays reportedly have agreed to help pay part of that sum.

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