In case you missed it, Evan Longoria got traded to the San Francisco Giants earlier today.
The 32 year-old third baseman had spent his entire career up to this point with the Tampa Bay Rays. For the Red Sox, this trade is good news. Longoria has been a thorn in the Red Sox’s side since he got called up in 2008. In 171 career games, Longoria has a OPS of .854 and a BABIP of .319 to go along with 31 long balls. This may seem odd coming from a Red Sox fan, but I am going to miss watching Longoria play more often. Outside of the Red Sox, I would say Longoria is my second favorite player to watch, only behind Josh Donaldson. I respect his game and the way he has handled things in different stages of his career. It just so happens to be that I am a bit of a Giants fan too (I started paying more attention last season), so I look forward to seeing what he can do for the Giants. This move also puts ex-Red Sox, current Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval in quite the predicament, so there’s that.
Anyway, thanks for making some bad Rays teams worth watching Evan, see you back against the Red Sox in 2019.