End of an Era: Evan Heads West to San Francisco:

He came up to Tampa Bay in 2008, and made an immediate impact for a team in the pennant race. Twenty-two year old Evan Longoria hit .272 with 27 home runs and 85 RBIs, while also making the American League All-Star team, helping the Rays capture the pennant, and winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award. Since that time, Longoria has been the face of the Rays franchise.

Now they’ll have to find a new face.

A three time all-star and three time Gold Glove winning third baseman, Longoria was traded to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for outfielder Denard Span, third baseman — and Tampa native — Christian Arroyo, and two minor leaguers. While his offensive numbers did slip a little in 2017, Longoria, 32, did have a respectable season with 20 home runs and 86 RBIs, while hitting .261. He also picked up his third Gold Glove, so the Giants can expect very good defense at the hot corner in 2018.

Longoria leaves Tampa Bay as the team’s all time leader in most offensive categories. He is first in career home runs (261), RBIs (892), run scored (780), doubles (338), walks (569), total bases (2,630), extra base hits (618), and sacrifice flies (76). Your text to link…

So what are the Rays getting in return for trading away their most well known player? Longoria’s heir apparent, Arroyo, made his big league debut last year for the Giants, hitting three home runs and driving in 14 runs in 34 games, but with an average of just .191. A career .300 hitter in the minors, he only has 24 career home runs and 204 RBIs in the lower levels. Outfielder Denard Span gives Tampa Bay some veteran experience and a decent bat, as he hit .272 last year with 43 RBIs. Lefty Matt Krook showed improvement after moving into the bullpen midway through last season at Single-A San Jose. Hard throwing righthander Stephen Woods was rated the Number 25 prospect in the Giants farm system.

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