It has been a pretty trippy 14 or 15 hours in baseball. We had the Jerry Meals thing in Atlanta, then the Rasmus trade, the Beltran (almost) trade and the Ervin Santana no-hitter. More wild stuff has gone down since 2AM than usually happens in a month.
Add a Mariners victory to it all, because they beat the New York Yankees 9-2 this afternoon, snapping their losing streak at 17.
Dustin Ackley drove in three and the badly-slumping Ichiro went 4 for 5. Felix Hernandez went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits. Phil Hughes wasn’t appreciably worse — two runs in six innings — but the Yankees bullpen and defense betrayed them, turning a 2-1 game into a 7-1 game, and from there it was just a matter of time. Even the lowly Mariners don’t blow five run leads late. At least not that often.
Welcome back to the land of the living, Seattle.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that the San Francisco Giants “have keen interest” in Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.
Longoria is coming off his worst season as a major leaguer, having hit .261/.313/.424 with 20 homers in 2017. He’s also still owed $86 million through 2022. Which, back when the deal was signed seemed like quite a bargain for the Rays — and likely has been over the duration of the contract — but now seems somewhat steep for the 32 year-old third baseman. That said, the Giants currently have Pablo Sandoval penciled in at third base on their depth chart, so Longoria would definitely be an upgrade, even if 2017’s dip wasn’t just a blip.
Nightengale says that for the Giants to take on Longoria, the Rays would have to take on a high salary veteran such as Denard Span or Hunter Pence. Span is owed $9 million in 2018, with a $4 million buyout on a $12 million option for 2019. Pence is owed $18.5 million in 2018 in the final year of his contract and has a full no-trade clause.
If he stays with the Rays, Longoria will achieve 10-5 rights — full no-trade protection due to being a ten-year veteran with five years of service on the same club — so if the Rays are going to move him, it’ll be much easier this offseason, not once the 2018 season begins.