All-Star designated hitter/outfielder Corey Dickerson and closer Alex Colome are among seven players who agreed to one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays, avoiding salary arbitration.
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Per Statcast, 42% of Evan Longoria's batted balls in 2016 had an exit velocity of 95+ MPH. In 2017, that dropped to 32%. In 2016, that ranked 76th and the next 3 hitters below him were Hunter Pence, Daniel Murphy and Mike Trout. In 2017, that ranked 235th and the 3 hitters below him were Patrick Kivlehan, Eddie Rosario and Jordy Mercer. (min. 100 batted balls)
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Evan Longoria should be at least a four-win upgrade over what the Giants were going to get at third base. Last year, their third basemen ranked last in the majors in average, home runs, RBIs and OPS. Longoria isn't the hitter he was at his peak and is coming off his worst season at the plate, but he's still a solid two-way player. The Rays get an overrated prospect in Christian Arroyo and two high-risk arms, but most importantly get long-term salary relief. It also makes you wonder if the Rays are now more likely to trade Chris Archer.
Evan Longoria, who has spent his entire 10-year career with the Rays, is being traded to the Giants for Denard Span, Christian Arroyo and prospects.
Relief pitcher Jonny Venters, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012, has been invited to big league spring training by the Tampa Bay Bays while trying to come back from his third Tommy John surgery.
Veteran reliever Steve Cishek, who pitched for the Mariners and Rays last season and has 121 career saves, reached a two-year deal with the Cubs the team announced Saturday.
Buster Olney talks to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times about potential trade partners for the club with Evan Longoria, Alex Colome and others. Plus, an update on the team's efforts to get a new stadium.
Right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter is close to a deal with the Phillies, according to sources.
Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer
Carlos Gonzalez's value has declined after a down year in Colorado, but he's quietly attracting interest as a free agent because he's likely to sign a short-term deal to reestablish his market value. The Blue Jays, Royals, Rays, Giants and Athletics are among the teams that have CarGo on their radar. "There will be a rush once we all realize we can't get what we want," said a personnel man for one of the clubs keeping an eye on Gonzalez.
Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer
Tampa Bay Rays Manager Kevin Cash on the trade rumors encompassing Evan Longoria and Chris Archer: "I know there is a lot of chatter about our players. I don't know what will take place."