Just reading up on Pro Sports Daily: MLB Rumors and it said the Rays want pitching prospects and a SS of the future for Matt Garza. Either they mean that's want they want for Garza and it would take a whole helluva lot more for Longoria, or that's simply what they would want in any deal. Evan Longoria is a fan favorite (Yes, all 73 of them... at least that's what they pack the stands with). So is it unrealisitc to think he couldn't be had for the right package of players? If so, what would that package look like?
Considering what the Angels have and what the Rays need actually matches up pretty well. I refuse to believe the Rays are thrilled about entering next season with John Jaso as their starting catcher. We have Mike Napoli to give them. They're light at 1st base. We have Mark Trumbo to offer them. They want a shortstop of the future. We can offer them Erick Aybar. If Longoria was dealt, they could use Ben Zobrist 3rd. That provides a hole for them in RF. Dare I say it? Why not? We can offer Mike Trout. Evan Longoria is beyond ridiculously cheap... right now. Will the Rays be able to afford him? Is it guarenteed he'll want to stay if the team is last or next to last w/out the likes of Pena, Crawford, Balfour, Wheeler, and Soriano? It's anybody's guess. Longoria is also from Downey, CA and Anaheim is real close to home. They want cheap starting pitching. We have Tyler Chatwood, Trevor Reckling, Garret Richards, ect. If out of the 7 players I mentioned the Angels could choose as trade bait for Longoria, what is the most realistic package it would take?
I would assess the package would have to include Trout, Aybar, Napoli, and two of the pitchers I mentioned. Honestly, I'd do the deal today.Trout is the #1 prospect in all of baseball, yet unproven at the major league level. We have Izturis who could probably start at SS for a lot of teams. Sure, health is a concern, but we also have Callaspo and (Gulp!) Brandon Wood. Napoli is expendable w/ Conger poised to get a shot at catcher. And our pitching staff is really set for a while. We're trading away $6M and getting only $1M in return. Long term, yes it's going to cost, but Longoria is the young premier 3rd baseman in baseball and worth it. The Rays fill their glaring holes with talent and we restock their farm a little, and all at a cheap cost. Instead of paying Beltre $16M, we get Longoria and save $15M for a year or two till his contract is up. Next year, we couldf after Jose Reyes or Jimmy Rollins or whoever you want next off-season.
Yes, my idea is highly unlikely, but not completely impossible.