Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Giants get Longo in a bittersweet deal (on both sides)

My initial reaction was "Oh, no!! The Rays snookered us again" but this is a "face of the franchise" kind of guy and has been for the Rays. Described as a "winning player" on a team that has been a symbol of losing, almost since inception. 

He has been through a lot with the Rays and hopefully he regroups and rededicates himself to perform at an All-Star level. He slipped to 3.6 WAR, which would be only behind Posey on the Giants last year.   

To me, Span is addition by subtraction (-1.1 WAR last season) but a local Tampa product, who could also be revitalized by a change off scenery. Arroyo is a scrappy competitor, fan favorite type of guy and also a local product (Pasco-Hernando HS). Of the two minor league pitchers, Krook was one of the more highly regarded LHP's to start his senior year, but slipped somewhat by the end of the season. If he clicks, he makes this deal swing to the Rays side of the ledger. Woods is a favorite of some of the SFG "prospect mafia", who want to trade Bumgarner for three or four prospects they can circle-jerk over. So a long-shot, but who knows?.....Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

The Giants receiving CA$H in the deal, from the Rays must be some sort of baseball insider cruel joke on the state of the game economically. Like me donating money to Mitt Romney or Donald Trump. 

Glad to have Longo, I didn't think it would happen this soon, if at all. Hopefully, Tampa sends him off the way they should, which is like the champion he is. He deserves no less, he gave them everything he had. 

Good luck to Christian Arroyo, the Giants will miss his fight. I didn't want to lose Panik and I didn't want to lose Arroyo. You just can't keep 'em all. 

Rays trade franchise stalwart Longoria to Giants

It's the end of an era in Tampa Bay.

The Rays traded third baseman Evan Longoria to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday in exchange for outfielder Denard Span, top-prospect infielder Christian Arroyo, left-hander Matt Krook, and right-hander Stephen Woods Jr., the clubs announced.

San Francisco will also receive cash in the deal, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

"Evan is our greatest Ray," Tampa Bay owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement, via Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. "For a decade, he's been at the center of all of our successes, and it's a very emotional parting for us all."

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Giants Top Minor League Prospects

  • 1. Joey Bart 6-2, 215 C Power arm and a power bat, playing a premium defensive position. Good catch and throw skills.
  • 2. Heliot Ramos 6-2, 185 OF Potential high-ceiling player the Giants have been looking for. Great bat speed, early returns were impressive.
  • 3. Chris Shaw 6-3. 230 1B Lefty power bat, limited defensively to 1B, Matt Adams comp?
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  • 9. Garrett Williams 6-1, 205 LHP Former Oklahoma standout, Giants prototype, low-ceiling, high-floor prospect.
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