Earlier this morning, MLB Daily Dish sent out a very interesting tweet and article regarding Evan Longoria.
It’s no secret that the Halos are going to want to upgrade at third base. Six players started at least one game at third for the Angels, those being Ryan Jackson, Kaleb Cowart, Kyle Kubitza, Taylor Featherston, Conor Gillaspie and starter David Freese. The former St. Louis Cardinals third basemen had another mediocre year and is a far cry from the 2011 World Series hero. His .257/.323/.420 slash is less than impressive and he failed to stay healthy for a second straight year in Anaheim. Kaleb Cowart is considered to be the Angels top prospect at the hot corner, but the 23 year old hasn’t been able to truly make the bigs yet and the Angels want to win now.
So what could Evan Longoria bring? The three time All-Star just turned 30 and is under contract through 2022 (with a club option for 2023). His production has slightly slipped recently, but he’s still a top notch third basemen with good power. On top of that, the California native has only missed four games over the past three years, and hasn’t been surrounded with a particularly good lineup. Hitting around Mike Trout and Albert Pujols would be a little different than hitting around Asdrubal Cabrera and Joey Butler. The Rays third bagger could slot in perfectly between the two powerful bats and create a dynamic top of the order featuring Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout, himself and Albert Pujols.
The final point would be the cost. Considering he grew up about a half hour from Anaheim in Downey, there’s a good chance he would want to stick around. The other point is determining if the Rays want prospects or ready to go players. If they want to get younger, the aforementioned Kaleb Cowart or Kyle Kubitza would likely to be the main point of the deal. Adding prospects rather than established big leaguers would seem to be the desired course of action for the Rays, and the Angels have the pieces to make that happen.