This one may not be as obvious for some people, but when you look at on the whole I think you’ll understand why I consider Longoria a huge disappointment in 2018.
Obviously, this is another player that missed a lot of time due to injury, but you can say that about almost every Giants player in 2018.
But when Longoria was on the field, he didn’t have the type of impact I think ownership — and fans — were hoping for.
In 2017, at age 31, he hit .261 for the Tampa Bay Rays with 20 home runs and 86 RBI in 156 games played.
It was the fifth straight year he had played in at least 156 games and hit at least 20 home runs.
Giants fans were hoping for similar results from Longoria in 2018, but instead they got one of the worst statistical seasons of his career.
He finished the season hitting .244 — his lowest since 2011 — with 16 home runs, 54 RBI, and 51 runs scored. It was the first time in his career that he had an on-base percentage under .300, finishing the year at .281.
Much like Samardzija, it now seems as if the Giants are sticking with a bad contract for an aging player. Longoria is signed through 2022 with a team option for 2023 that will not be picked up.
His salary goes up from $14.67 million in 2019, to $15.16 in 2020, to $18.6 in 2021, and finally to $19.67 in 2022.
That just makes me want to vomit.