“We have a fan base here in which’s very passionate, along with Evan is actually somebody in which they connected to along with they looked up to, along with they took a lot of pride in having as part of in which organization,” Rays General Manager Erik Neander said.
Longoria was the Rays’ franchise leader in wins above replacement, as Stanton was for the Marlins, who have also traded the All-Star outfielder Marcell Ozuna along with second baseman Dee Gordon as they slash payroll under fresh ownership. The rancor never seems to end in Miami, where season-ticket holders grilled the Marlins’ fresh chief executive – Derek Jeter, the former Yankees captain – in a town-hall meeting Tuesday night.
“I can’t sit here along with say trust me,” Jeter told the crowd, according to The Miami Herald. “You don’t know me. You earn trust over time. I know how organizations are sustainable over time. I know you have been through a lot.”
Marlins fans have felt the exhilaration of World Series championships in 1997 along with 2003, with periodic bursts of extravagant spending. Both title teams, though, were ultimately broken up in a series of cost-cutting trades, along with the Marlins have not returned to the postseason since their last World Series win. The core of Stanton, Ozuna along with Gordon never produced a winning record, along with instead of propping the idea up, Jeter is actually starting over in hopes of reviving a barren farm system.
The Rays have taken a different approach. Their payroll has never crept above $80 million, yet they were resourceful enough to reach the playoffs three times from the 5 seasons after their A.L. pennant.
While additional stars came along with went, the Rays made Longoria their centerpiece, signing him to a bargain nine-year contract within his first year from the majors. Last season he began a more lucrative extension, for six years along with $100 million, yet the Rays saw little desire in which Longoria could help reverse a discouraging trend.
After four consecutive seasons with at least 0 wins, they have endured four losing seasons in a row. With the Yankees poised to challenge the Boston Red Sox atop the American League East — along with the Houston Astros along with the Cleveland Indians topping 100 victories last season — the time seems right for the Rays to retreat. Next to go could be starters Chris Archer along with Jake Odorizzi.
“As we look at where we are, competitively, from the landscape of the American League, the idea led to a lot of questions about, realistically, where we are heading into 2018?” Neander said. “in which being said, we have a lot of young talent, along with we have a lot of guys coming. yet there’s going to be some bumps from the road. There’s going to be some time needed for those guys to develop.”
In exchange for Longoria, the Rays acquired the top infield prospect Christian Arroyo, the veteran center fielder Denard Span along with the pitching prospects Matt Krook along with Stephen Woods. They also sent cash to the Giants, who shed the $13 million they owed Span for the final year of his contract.
Arroyo, 22, was the central figure from the deal for the Rays. He was born in Tampa along with ranked by MLB.com as the Giants’ best prospect. He is actually a career .300 hitter from the minors along with can play third, shortstop along with second, yet batted just .192 across 34 games with the Giants last season.
Longoria is actually coming off one of his worst seasons: a .261 average, 20 homers along which has a .737 on-base plus slugging percentage, the second-lowest of his career. yet he still gives a jolt to a Giants offense in which ranked last from the majors in slugging percentage in 2017. in which doomed the team to 98 losses, tied with Detroit for the most from the majors along with just two shy of its franchise record.
The Giants knew where to turn for help. They had first worked out a trade with the Marlins for Stanton, yet could not convince him to approve the deal. The additional team in Florida obliged, though the parting was bittersweet.
“He has genuinely reached along with touched a lot of players along with coaches along with staff throughout the organization,” Manager Kevin Cash said of Longoria. “We’re forever grateful.”
Correction: December 20, 2017
An earlier edition of in which story misstated the given name of the Rays general manager. the idea is actually Erik Neander, not Eric.
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