After, seemingly, years of speculation, the Tampa Bay Rays have traded their longtime face-of-the-franchise, Evan Longoria, to the San Francisco Giants for outfielders Denard Span and Christian Arroyo, and pitching prospects Stephen Woods and Matt Krook. Tampa Bay will pay the remainder of Span’s $13 million salary, and will also cover $14.5 million of the remainder of Longoria’s contract. Longoria has $86 million in remaining guaranteed salary and buyout as part of a contract that runs through 2022 and contains a 2023 club option. The $9.5 million in deferred money included in that total was converted to an assignment bonus payable by the Rays from 2025 to 2029. Tampa Bay will give the Giants $2 million by Dec. 31 to cover Longoria’s assignment bonus and an additional $3 million by Oct. 31, 2022.

The 32-year-old infielder leaves Tampa Bay as the longest-tenured player in franchise history, after spending all 10 of his big league seasons in a Rays uniform. He is the club’s leader with 1,435 games, 261 home runs and 892 RBIs. Longoria started all 30 of the Rays’ postseason games at third base. The 2008 American League Rookie of the Year and three-time Gold Glover batted .261 with 20 homers and 86 RBIs in 2017.

In November 2012, Longoria received a $136.6 million, 10-year contract with Tampa Bay that added six guaranteed seasons and $100 million to his previous deal. If exercised, the option would make the agreement worth $144.6 million over 11 years. He will complete his 10th season of major league service on the second day of next season, which would have given him the right to approve any trade from the Rays as a 10-year veteran who spent five or more years with his current team.

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. In fact, Giants manager Bruce Bochy had approached Span about the possibility of playing left field going forward. Span led the Giants last season with 73 runs scored, despite a stint on the 10-day disabled list. He previously played for the Washington Nationals and Minnesota Twins.

Bochy expects Longoria to bat third or cleanup, and he already can envision Longoria as part of a top infield with Gold Glove shortstop Brandon Crawford, second baseman Joe Panik and Brandon Belt at first.

Arroyo, a first-round draft pick in 2013 out of high school, was one of the Giants’ top prospects but didn’t play in the majors after June 2, because of a broken left hand. He batted .192 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 34 games. The Rays have been watching him for years and believe he is making significant strides at the plate.

San Francisco, which won World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014, made its first big offseason move after missing out on Giancarlo Stanton and Japanese star Shohei Ohtani. The Giants went 64-98 this past season to avoid the club’s first 100-loss campaign since 1985.

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