Giants land slugging third baseman Evan Longoria in blockbuster trade

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Instead, by acquiring Longoria, the Giants could be adding yet another player to their roster who might not be able to produce much in the late stages of his deal.

Photo Evan Longoria was the centerpiece of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Arroyo, a first-round draft pick out of high school in 2013, was one of the Giants' top prospects but didn't play in the majors after June 2 because of a broken left hand.

Before the news broke, USA Today's Bob Nightengale had reported that the San Francisco Giants "have keen interest" in adding Longoria, especially if the Rays were willing to take back a player making big money in a trade. The other major league team in Florida, the Miami Marlins, also traded its career WAR leader, outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, this month, in a cost-cutting trade with the Yankees.

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The Giants will be receiving cash, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Instead of starting Spring Training with an inexperienced Christian Arroyo and an underwhelming Pablo Sandoval battling for the job, San Francisco now has a player who has hit at least 20 home runs in each of the last five seasons and a three-time Gold Glove Award victor manning the hot corner.

Giants acquired 3B Evan Longoria from the Rays for 3B Christian Arroyo, OF Denard Span, LHP Matt Krook, and RHP Stephen Woods.

Longoria has five years and $86 million remaining on his deal, after hitting.261 with 20 homers and a.737 on-base plus slugging percentage in 2017, the second-lowest of his career. He's parked 261 homers and holds a.270 career average through 10 seasons. He is expected to fill a significant void for San Francisco at third, where the Giants mixed and matched during a surprising last-place season in 2017.

This will be the first shift of scenery for the veteran third baseman. 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. "Moving forward, we will continue to work on additional opportunities to improve the club for 2018".

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