With recent reports that the San Francisco Giants are considering trading third baseman Evan Longoria, let us ponder an important question if these rumors are indeed true: who in the world would want Evan Longoria?
It’s a fair question. Longoria is 33 years old and carries a massive contract with him. Would a team really be so desperate for a third baseman that they would take on a bunch of money and give up talent for him?
Definitely not this offseason. Our site has already examined some of the pros and cons of a Longoria deal. The Giants would be best served trying to deal Longoria around the trade deadline to a team wanting to make a playoff push that craves an experienced player who could be the missing piece.
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He would be a very expensive missing piece though. A team would have to be really reeling at third base to eat his salary but hey, never say never.
The Giants are wise to gauge interest in Longoria though. It doesn’t really make sense to have him on the team when he was acquired with the hope that him plus Andrew McCutchen would propel the Giants into the playoffs in 2018.
With new leadership at the helm in the form of Farhan Zaidi, it appears clear that he is aware the Giants will in all likelihood be unable to seriously compete in 2019.
He has his eyes on the future looking to add young pieces to the team and a Longoria trade would be a good way to do that.
But the question still remains: who would want Evan Longoria? The answer is not clear at the present time, but it appears likely that the first half of the 2019 season could bring some clarity to the matter.
With such a sleepy offseason, maybe some Giants official just made this up to spice things up a little. Who knows, but let’s hope there’s some action in the coming weeks and months, at the very least for content’s sake.