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San Francisco Giants Acquire Evan Longoria and Cash from Tampa

December 21, 2017 - Eastern League (EL) - Richmond Flying Squirrels News Release

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Evan Longoria and cash from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for outfielder Denard Span, infielder Christian Arroyo and minor league right-handed pitcher Stephen Woods and minor league left-handed pitcher Matt Krook.

"This move fills an important need for our club and completes one of our off-season goals," Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Brian Sabean said. "Evan has been one of the best third baseman in the game over the last decade and we are thrilled to add him to the organization. Moving forward, we will continue to work on additional opportunities to improve the club for 2018."

Longoria batted .261 (160-for-613) with 36 doubles, 20 home runs and 86 RBI in 156 games last season with Tampa Bay. Among American League third baseman, he ranked second with 11 defensive runs saved (according to FanGraphs) and won his third career Gold Glove Award (also 2009-10).

"We are pleased to bring Evan Longoria to the Giants organization," said Evans. "Evan gives us a Gold Glove caliber player at third-base and also provides us a middle of the order presence in the lineup. His durability and leadership will strengthen our club moving forward."

The 32-year-old leads the Majors with 798 games played over the last five seasons (since 2013). He has hit at least 20 home runs in each of the last five seasons and in nine of his first 10 years in the Majors. Longoria joins Hall of Famer Eddie Matthews as the only third baseman in Major League history to hit at least 20 home runs in nine of their first 10 seasons in baseball.

The Downey, California native had spent his entire career with the Tampa Bay Rays, batting .270 (1,471-for-5,450) with 261 home runs and 892 RBI in 1,435 career games. The three-time All-Star (2008-10) was the longest tenured player in Rays history and holds the franchise record for runs scored (780), doubles (338), home runs, RBI, walks (569) and games played.

The 2008 American League Rookie of the Year Award winner was drafted by Tampa Bay in the first round (third overall) of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Long Beach.

Span batted .272 (135-for-497) with a career-high 12 home runs and 43 RBI in 129 games for San Francisco last season. The 33-year-old signed a three-year deal with the Giants prior to the 2016 season. In his 10 big league seasons, Span has batted .283 (135-for-4,889) with 243 doubles, 65 triples, 60 home runs and 432 RBI in 1,222 games.

Arroyo, 22, was the Giants' first round selection in the 2013 draft out of Hernando (Brooksville, FL) High School and was regarded as one of San Francisco's top young prospects entering the 2017 campaign. He made his Major League debut with the Giants last season and appeared in 34 games, hitting .192 (24-for-125) with three home runs and 14 RBI. He missed the final three months of the season with a broken hand after getting hit by a pitch on July 1 in triple-A.

Woods, 22, went 6-7 with a 2.95 ERA (36er, 110.0ip) in 23 starts with Class A Augusta last season. The right-hander was drafted by the Giants in the eighth round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft.

Krook, 23, went gone 4-9 with a 5.12 ERA (52er, 91.1ip) in 25 games (17 starts) for Class A Advanced San Jose last season. The San Francisco native was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round of the 2016 First Year Player Draft out of the University of Oregon.

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