MLB Roundup: Giants acquire Longoria in trade with Rays
SAN FRANCISCO — Evan Longoria expects to win immediately with the San Francisco Giants, whose run of success in even years is well documented — and the club’s new third baseman knows all about that.
The Giants’ brass realizes adding Longoria to the lineup and an already-talented infield gives San Francisco a far better chance of bouncing back from a surprising last-place season in the NL West.
An offense-producing third baseman the Giants sought this winter, Longoria was traded from Tampa Bay on Wednesday for outfielder Denard Span, star infield prospect Christian Arroyo and two minor league pitchers.
“I’m looking forward to bringing everything I can and more to the clubhouse and the organization and being back in the postseason and winning like I expect to do,” Longoria said. “It’s an even year coming up and I know the Giants win in even years. That I am looking forward to.”
The position had been a priority for San Francisco, and Longoria’s durability means so much, too. He has played at least 156 games in each of the past five years, all 162 in 2014, and also hit 20 or more homers in each of those five seasons.
“He’s sorely needed and will be a great addition for us,” Giants general manager Bobby Evans said.
Dodgers’ $2M deal raises projected payroll to $183M
LOS ANGELES — Pitcher Tom Koehler and the Los Angeles Dodgers finalized a $2 million, one-year contract, a deal that raises next year’s projected luxury tax payroll of the NL champions to $183 million.
Koehler split last season between Miami and Toronto. The 31-year-old right-hander was 1-5 in 12 starts with the Marlins before being traded to the Blue Jays in August. He pitched mostly out of the bullpen, going 0-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 14 relief appearances and one start.
Koehler held batters to a .242 average while with Toronto and struck out 18 in 17 innings.
Los Angeles is cutting payroll after being assessed a $36.2 million luxury tax. The Dodgers have a five-year tax total of nearly $150 million.
By getting under next year’s $197 million threshold, the Dodgers would drop their base tax rate from 50 percent to 20 percent in 2019.