The Rays have traded 3B Evan Longoria to the Giants in exchange for INF Christian Arroyo (their top prospect), OF Denard Span, and minor league pitchers Matt Krook and Stephen Woods, it was announced on Wednesday. The Rays are also absorbing part of Longoria's contract, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Along with the Giants, the Mets, Yankees, and Cardinals were also interested in trading for Longoria, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported last weekend.
The Giants had "keen interest" in trading for Longoria, Bob Nightengale of USA Today recently reported, suggesting the Rays would have to take back one of the Giants' high-priced outfielders (Hunter Pence or Span) to make a deal work.
Longoria, 32, is coming off his worst season in the league, where he hit .256/.313/.424 with 20 HR and 86 RBI. In 2016, Longoria hit .276/.318/.521 with a career-high 36 HR and 98 RBI.
He will make $13.5 million in 2018 and is owed a total of $82 million through 2022, with a team option for $13 million in 2023.
Matthew Cerrone: Longoria was the guy most mentioned when I ask for a surprise name that could get traded before next season. Longoria is 32 years old and coming off his worst season in five years, yet he still produced 2.1 WAR last season, according to FanGraphs. Plus, he's only making $13.5 million in 2018, after which his annual salary starts climbing through 2022.
In other words, this could've been the last best time for Tampa to move Longoria and -- due to his 2018 salary -- it may have also been the best time for a team to acquire him, as well.