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.
The San Francisco Giants are being forced to move to Plan B after losing out on Giancarlo Stanton.
Reports indicate that the Giants have looked at slugging free agent outfielders such as Jay Bruce and J.D. Martinez, having prepared for the possibility that Stanton would reject a trade to San Francisco.
ESPN’s Buster Olney added that the Giants have discussed Martinez, but he will not come cheap.
The Giants have already been informed that Stanton won’t be joining them, so their pursuit of these free agent outfielders should intensify quickly.
The San Francisco Giants have a tentative agreement in place for a Giancarlo Stanton trade, according to general manager Bobby Evans.
Evans told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that an agreement is in place with the Miami Marlins, though Stanton’s approval is still required for the deal to be completed. He also noted that Stanton personally attended a meeting with Giants executives last week.
“He was very impressive,” Evans said. “Very attentive and responsive, and he had a good feel for what he wanted to hear from us. Obviously, this is a unique opportunity for him that he takes seriously and wants to do his homework. He commented on AT&T being one of his favorite parks, complimenting the fans and support we have here. He was very professional and very engaged.”
Evans didn’t have any indication on whether Stanton was leaning toward approving the trade, and had little insight when asked about rumors that he is holding out for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“I think he’s being very thoughtful about his decision, and it’s an important decision for him because he obviously has a lot vested here,” Evans said. “He’s got to make a call on where he feels comfortable going. There’s a lot of personal factors people don’t know about. We don’t necessarily know those personal factors as well.”
At least to this point, the Dodgers don’t appear to be a huge factor. Stanton seems to have an inclination to play on one of the coasts, so the Giants look like the leaders of the sweepstakes at this point in time.
Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani is narrowing his options.
Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reported that the San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners have been informed that they are still in the running for the phenom.
We had already heard elsewhere that the Yankees did not make the cut, which comes as a bit of a surprise. Instead, it sounds like he may be setting his sights on the West Coast. Going to Seattle is a route that several prominent Japanese players, including Ichiro, have taken before.
The only thing standing in the way of Giancarlo Stanton being traded to the San Francisco Giants may be the NL MVP’s stamp of approval.
SiriusXM Radio host Craig Mish reported on Thursday that Giants executives were set to meet with Stanton’s representatives in Los Angeles. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the trade discussions have been very promising, and the Marlins seem to be satisfied with the package the Giants are offering.
Ultimately, though, the call will be up to Stanton, as he has a full no-trade clause, which gives him the power to decide where he wishes to go – at least among the teams interested enough to make bona fide bids. Giants power brokers Bobby Evans, Brian Sabean and even Bruce Bochy traveled to Los Angeles for the meeting with Stanton’s reps in Los Angeles, including lead agent Joel Wolfe, Mish reported. (It isn’t known whether Stanton himself was there.)
It also isn’t known whether there’s a tentative agreement in place between the teams, but there’s word from sources that the Giants are willing to pay a substantial portion the $295 million to go on Stanton’s deal over the next 10 years, and Mish reported that at least at some point a package including infielder Joe Panik and young pitchers Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw had been bandied about. The Marlins began talks at the beginning of this winter by asking teams to take the entire contract, and also to give up good prospects, though it isn’t clear whether the Giants have signaled a willingness to pay the entire deal – which also includes a player opt-out in three years.
The St. Louis Cardinals are the other team that has been aggressively pursuing Stanton, but the 28-year-old has a full no-trade clause and is said to prefer going to the West Coast. There have been rumblings that Stanton is hoping the Marlins can work something out with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it sounds like Miami’s talks with the Giants have gone the deepest.
The San Francisco Giants may be looking at lower-priced alternatives to Giancarlo Stanton on the trade market.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates have engaged in discussions about outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who is entering the final season of his contract.
McCutchen will be the subject of trade rumors for a second consecutive winter. He hit .279 with 28 home runs in 2017, a solid rebound after a poor 2016.
Stanton seems to have a preferred destination in mind. It may be dissuading the Giants and leading them to look at other potential additions instead.
A handful of teams are expected to make a play for Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton this winter, but two appear to have emerged as the most desperate.
According to longtime MLB reporter Peter Gammons, the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants have been the most dedicated in trying to acquire Stanton.
As Gammons notes, Stanton will have to sign off on any trade. In addition to being owed $295 million over the next 10 years, the 28-year-old also has a full no-trade clause in his contract. There have been rumblings that he would prefer to play for a west coast team, which could mean he would block a deal to St. Louis.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported last week that it would be a “stunning upset” if Stanton ended up anywhere but San Francisco or St. Louis. The Cardinals seem like the most likely trade partner, as they have several top pitching prospects in their farm system.
The Boston Red Sox are another team to watch, though the latest we heard makes it seem like they would prefer to explore other options.
The rivalry between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers is a vicious one, and the Giants were feeling a bit happy after their rivals fell in Game 7 of the World Series.
How do we know? The team’s official Twitter account sent a message that was both congratulatory of the Houston Astros — and probably a bit happy at the outcome as well.
Now look, this could very easily look like one team congratulating another on a World Series victory. The Giants didn’t have to do that, though, and given what we know about their rivalry with the Dodgers, it’s pretty easy to look at this as a nod of thanks for taking down a rival.
Pablo Sandoval is going home again.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the San Francisco Giants will sign the third baseman, who was designated for assignment last week by the Boston Red Sox.
Sandoval hit .294 with 106 home runs in seven successful years with the Giants, which saw him win three World Series titles. His move to the American League was a disaster, as he hit .237 with 14 home runs over 161 games in parts of three seasons with the Red Sox. It’s no surprise that he badly wanted to return to where it had all started.
Pablo Sandoval’s tenure in Boston was an unmitigated disaster, and now that it’s over, he reportedly wants to return to a place where he knows he’s been a success.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the third baseman would “love” to return to the San Francisco Giants, where he began his career. What is not clear is whether the interest is mutual. According to Heyman, the possibility of bringing Sandoval back has been discussed, but not settled on, by members of the front office.
The Red Sox designated Sandoval for assignment on Saturday, and they will have ten days to trade him — which is extremely unlikely — or release him.
Sandoval hit .294 with 106 home runs in his seven years with the Giants, a far cry from his struggles with the Red Sox. He did not always see eye-to-eye with the organization in matters regarding his weight and contract negotiations, but after such a disastrous tenure in Boston, it sounds like he longs for the comforts of a familiar place.