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Evan Longoria zings Rays in response to coronavirus question

Evan Longoria

Like other sports leagues, Major League Baseball is at least considering the possibility of having to play games in front of empty stadiums in response to the coronavirus outbreak. As Evan Longoria reminds us, the Tampa Bay Rays may already be used to that.

Longoria, who spent the first 10 years of his career with the Rays, was asked on Tuesday about the possibility of MLB not allowing fans to attend games in order prevent the spread of coronavirus. The third baseman took a swipe at the Rays before saying he hopes it does not come to that.

It’s no secret that the Rays struggle to get fans to attend games. They rank at or near the bottom of baseball in attendance every year, and they averaged less than 15,000 fans per home game last year despite winning 96 games and reaching the postseason. This is a franchise that has explored the idea of playing half of their home games out of the country, so Longoria has a point.

Some will say Longoria’s joke was in poor taste, as the coronavirus outbreak has become a serious concern worldwide. However, we highly doubt Longoria’s intention was to make light of the situation. He was stating a fact, after all.

Evan Longoria rips teams for not spending big on free agents again

Evan Longoria

For the second consecutive year, MLB teams seem to be taking somewhat of a stand against shelling out massive contracts for the game’s biggest stars. Evan Longoria is the latest to speak out about the approach teams have been using in free agency.

With Manny Machado, Bryce Harper and other star players seemingly not all those close to signing deals, Longoria took to Instagram on Friday to blast the way teams have used analytical tools to “devalue players.” He included photos of Machado, Harper, Dallas Keuechel and Craig Kimbrel.

“We are less then a month from the start of spring and once again some of our games biggest starts remain unsigned. Such a shame,” Longoria wrote. “It’s seems every day now someone is making up a new analytical tool to devalue players, especially free agents. As fans, why should “value” for your team even be a consideration? It’s not your money, it’s money that players have worked their whole lives to get to that level and be deserving of. Bottom line, fans should want the best players and product on the field for their team. And as players we need to stand strong for what we believe we are worth and continue to fight for the rights we have fought for time and time again.”

There have been reports that Harper has been offered somewhere in the neighborhood of $300 million, so you can’t really criticize teams for not giving him the $350 million he is seeking. Still, it seems like there are not many legitimate suitors for the game’s top free agents, as teams are opting to trim payroll and remain below the luxury tax. Machado’s market could be evidence of that, as he has reportedly not been offered anything close to the money he is seeking.

The MLB Players Association unloaded on teams last year for their refusal to spend money, but it does not seem like a whole lot has changed. You can understand why players like Longoria are concerned about the trend.

Evan Longoria expected to miss 6-8 weeks

Evan Longoria

Evan Longoria is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after breaking his hand on Thursday.

The San Francisco Giants third baseman was hit by a pitch on the left hand against the Miami Marlins. Longoria will have surgery on Tuesday and is hoping to return after the All-Star break next month.

Here’s a look at the pitch that hit him:

Longoria, who was acquired by the Giants in a trade with Tampa Bay over the offseason, is batting .246 with a .711 OPS this season. Alen Hanson has been playing third in his place.

Evan Longoria suggests Rays should leave Tampa Bay

Evan Longoria

In the wake of Tampa Bay’s battle for a new stadium, one prominent former Ray believes that the team may be better off taking their business elsewhere.

Speaking with Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times in an interview on Thursday, San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria said that the Rays may be better off leaving Tampa Bay.

“Honestly, and this is maybe not something I should say, but my gut tells me that the best decision might be to move the team,” said Longoria. “I say that only because I look at the example of the Miami Marlins, and [a new stadium] didn’t really solve their attendance issues. So from purely an attendance standpoint, somewhere else might be better.

“It pains me to say that, but players want to play in a place where you have consistent support,” he added. “It’s a selfish thing to say probably as a player, but, I don’t know, does anyone really want to play in front of 10,000 a night?”

Longoria, 32, spent the first ten seasons of his career in Tampa Bay and made three All-Star teams there on top of winning three Gold Glove Awards. But he was traded to the Giants last December in a fairly unceremonious departure.

“There are a lot of dedicated Rays fans … and obviously it’d be a shame for those people to lose the team,” he added. “But you just hope there’s consistent fan support, and it historically hasn’t been there. I don’t know that it’s the easiest case to lobby to build a new stadium in the area. It’s not a slam dunk.”

Indeed, the Rays, who were established as a team in 1998, have finished dead last in the MLB in average attendance for six straight seasons and counting from 2012 to 2017. While they have “improved” to 28th in the league so far this season, every single year since ESPN started tracking attendance in 2001 has seen them end up in the bottom-ten. As for Longoria, this is not the first time that he has spoken critically about his ex-team since being traded either.

New Giants 3B Evan Longoria needs to update his bat

Evan Longoria

One of the newest members of the San Francisco Giants may need to update some of his equipment accordingly.

Evan Longoria was traded by the Tampa Bay Rays to the Giants over the offseason. Not only is he on a new team, but he also will be wearing the No. 10 since the Giants have the No. 3 retired.

Some eagle-eyed fans noticed though that in his team photos for the Giants, the knob of Longoria’s bat still has the Rays’ logo and Longoria’s old number on it:

That shouldn’t be anything a new sticker couldn’t fix.

Longoria is looking to bounce back from a down 2017. He batted .261 with just a .424 slugging percentage and a .737 OPS. The latter two marks were the second-worst of his career.

Evan Longoria feels ‘sorry’ for Rays fans after latest moves

The Tampa Bay Rays are cutting costs again, and for the first time, Evan Longoria is watching from afar and feeling sympathetic.

Longoria, who was traded to the San Francisco Giants earlier on the offseason, said he felt “sorry” for Rays fans after they traded pitcher Jake Odorizzi and designated outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment, likely with the intent to trade him.

Dickerson was due roughly $6 million in 2018 after hitting .282 with 27 home runs and making the All-Star team last season.

This isn’t the first time Longoria has been critical of the Rays for making moves like this. It must be disheartening to see a team dropping their payroll below $70 million when MLB’s revenues are at an all-time high. Given Longoria’s rich history and attachment to the franchise, you can understand why he’d be sad about it, too.

Evan Longoria sends farewell message to fans after trade

Evan Longoria is on his way to San Francisco after being traded by the Tampa Bay Rays to the Giants on Wednesday. But before he puts on a Giants jersey for the first time, Longoria wanted to say thank you and goodbye to the Tampa Bay Rays and their fans. He did so with an Instagram post:

Longoria was drafted by the Rays No. 3 overall in 2006 and didn’t take long to become a franchise cornerstone. He won Rookie of the Year in 2008 and was an All-Star during his first three seasons. He helped the team to its first and only World Series appearance in 2008, and then to their only three other playoff appearances after that.

Longoria is owed $81 million through 2023. The Giants are banking on him being able to live up to his contract over the next several years.

Rays reportedly trade Evan Longoria to Giants

The Tampa Bay Rays have finally decided to part ways with franchise cornerstone Evan Longoria.

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays agreed to a deal on Wednesday to send Longoria to the San Francisco Giants.

Top Giants shortstop prospect Christian Arroyo is among those included in the trade.

Longoria has been with the Rays since 2008, despite the team often selling off its best assets and refusing to sign players to lucrative contracts. The third baseman is owed $86 million through 2022 (including a $5 million buyout), and has a $13 million team option for 2023. One reason the Rays may have decided to trade him now is because he would have achieved 10/5 status early in the 2018 season if he remained in Tampa. Once a player achieves that, he has the right to veto any trade.

Longoria hit .261 with 20 home runs and 86 RBI last season. He’s a career .270 hitter and three-time Gold Glove winner.

Evan Longoria expected to be trade candidate during Winter Meetings

The Tampa Bay Rays may be ready to finally part with franchise cornerstone Evan Longoria.

The MLB Winter Meetings will take place Sunday-Thursday in Orlando, and reporter Jon Morosi says he expects Longoria to be mentioned in trade talks.

Though many players have come and gone throughout the Rays’ history, Longoria is the one player they committed to. He has been with Tampa Bay since 2008.

Longoria is owed $86 million through 2022 (including a $5 million buyout), and has a $13 million team option for 2023. One reason they may be motivated to trade him now is because he will achieve 10/5 status early in the 2018 season if he remains with the Rays. 10/5 status means you have played 10 seasons in the bigs and five with the same team. Once you achieve that, you have the right to veto a trade.

In addition to Longoria, the Rays could deal other players this offseason, including Alex Colome. The Cardinals could be interested in Longoria.

Evan Longoria still not over Rays’ Logan Forsythe trade

It’s generally accepted by players that baseball is a business, and sometimes teams will make tough decisions that their players don’t completely approve of.

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria knows that too, but nearly a month later, he’s still not over the deal his team made that sent second baseman Logan Forsythe to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“I actually like where we are,” Longoria said, via ESPN’s Jayson Stark. “I don’t know that I’ll ever get over losing Logan, because we got real close and he became one of the clubhouse leaders. So when you take that away, it feels like there’s a much bigger void.”

That’s not what Rays fans will want to hear. Does Longoria think Tampa Bay can contend without Forsythe?

“I do. I do. It’s just a different situation,” Longoria said. “There was so much shuffling. The loss of Logan can’t be overlooked because it kind of casts a cloud. But at the same time, when you look at it in totality, I think that … at the end of the day, we’ve bettered ourselves a little bit.

“You know, I can’t say that we got much better, with losing Logan. But I think that if you take him away and then you insert the pieces that we have, I like it. I think that we’ve positioned ourselves to be right there again.”

Even the compliments sound backhanded. Longoria said the same things at the time of the trade, but most probably figured he’d move on and get over it eventually. That doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen, and while Longoria is a good teammate, that’s not exactly ideal news for Tampa Bay.