He is expected to fill a significant void for San Francisco at third, where the Giants mixed and matched during a surprising last-place season in 2017. The Giants parted ways with veteran outfielder Denard Span, infielder Christian Arroyo and minor league pitchers Stephen Woods and Matt Krook in exchange, the team reported.
In 2017, Longoria won his third career Gold Glove award with the Rays.
Accompanying talent is Longoria's toughness. He rated as a league-average batter - the first time in his 10-year career he did not rank as above average - and he has five years and $86 million left on his contract. As a fan of the game, fan of Longoria, and a baseball purist I would love to see Longoria return to his former glory, but odds seem against that. Arroyo was apparently the best prospect they could get back. He added he didn't think he could go through another few years of 100-plus losses. He arrived halfway through its 20-season history, just as the team rebranded itself as the Rays, from the Devil Rays, in 2008.
"We are pleased to bring Evan Longoria to the Giants organization", Giants general manager Bobby Evans said. "For a decade, he's been at the center of all of our successes, and it's a very emotional parting for us all", said Rays owner Stuart Sternberg in a statement. "I speak for the entire organization in wishing Evan and his wonderful family our absolute best". He is the club's all-time leader with 1,435 games played, 261 home runs and 892 RBIs.
The Rays have never returned, though they have mostly been a winning team with Longoria as their centerpiece.
Longoria has five years and $86 million remaining on his deal, after hitting.261 with 20 homers and a.737 on-base plus slugging percentage in 2017, the second-lowest of his career. He was the third overall selection.
While this winter's Major League Baseball free agent market remains curiously stagnant, with all but a handful of the top available hitters and starting pitchers still seeking employment for 2018, the trade market remains rich and thriving - two realities that are nearly certainly more than coincidental.
The 33-year-old Span has hit.283 with 60 homers and 432 RBIs over 10 years in the majors, but San Francisco was looking for more athleticism and steady defense in the outfield.