Each fall Major League Baseball and its broadcast partners put together a pretty elaborate music video/promo thingy for the postseason. The song and its underlying theme are used for commercial bumpers and intros and become ubiquitous — often annoyingly so — to anyone who sits and watches the playoffs every night.
But if we’re gonna get tired of a playoff promo song, at least this year baseball has made a massive improvement over “Written in the Stars.” It’s The Boss, “Land of Hope and Dreams.”
Like most repurposed-Springsteen, it’s best to not get too hung up on the fact that the song is rooted in the crumbling and elusive American Dream and, instead, just groove on the uplift. You know, like “Born in the USA” at a political rally. Or “State Trooper” at a FOP banquet.
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.