The San Francisco Giants have acquired third baseman Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays for Christian Arroyo, Denard Span, Matt Krook and Stephen Woods, per Jeff Passan on Twitter. Longoria was the Rays’ first round draft pick in 2006, taken #3 overall, and had been a cornerstone of the franchise essentially since he came to the majors in 2008.
Longoria, 32, is owed $13.5 million in 2018, $14.5 million in 2019, $15 million in 2020, $18.5 million in 2021, $19.5 million in 2022, and has a team option for $13 million in 2023 with a $5 million buyout. While lately Longoria has not been the star-caliber player he was earlier in his career, he has still been a solid 3-4 win player from 2014-17, and his contract is pretty reasonable, even given his expected aging curve.
Arroyo is the star of the deal in terms of the return to Tampa, a 22 year old first round pick of the Giants in 2013 who is the #4 ranked prospect in the Giants’ system according to Baseball America who appears to be major league ready. Krook is a LHP who was a 4th round pick in 2016 (after being an unsigned supplemental first rounder in 2013), and had a rough year in the Cal League in 2017, striking out 105 batters in 91 innings but also walking 66. Woods is a RHP who was the Giants’ 8th round pick in 2016, and who had a solid season in the Sally League last year.
Span, who turns 34 before next season, is owed $15 million for 2018 and for his 2019 buyout of his team option, and after an awful 2017 campaign, seems to be getting shipped to Tampa for money allocation purposes.
My off the cuff thought is this is a pretty solid pickup by the Giants, who get a solid third baseman on a reasonable deal while giving up just one really good prospect in the deal. Feel free to tell me why I’m wrong, though.