By Chandler Guadagnin
The San Francisco Giants filled in a hole in their infield, acquiring third baseman, Evan Longoria, for Denard Span and three of their top 30 prospects: Christian Arroyo (1), Matt Krock (25) and Stephen Woods (29).
Previous to trading for Evan Longoria, Pablo Sandoval was slotted to be the Giants everyday third baseman. Last season, in 156 games, Longo hit for a .261 average, an OPS of .737. He slammed 20 home runs and tallied 86 RBIs. On the defensive side of the ball, Longoria posted a fielding percentage of .968; only committing 12 errors in 1,240 defensive innings. Longoria is 32 years old.
Last season for the Giants, Span recorded a batting average of .272, a slugging percentage of .427, and going 12 for 19 in stolen base attempts. Span, 33, was entering the last year of a three year contract with San Francisco.
Christian Arroyo, the Giants number one prospect, had an injury shortened 2017. He split his time between Triple-A and the Big League club. Arroyo, previously considered to be the Giants third baseman of the future, hit .192, slugging three long balls, and getting on base to the tune of .244. in 34 games with the Giants. In 28 contests, with the Sacramento River Cats, he hit .380, with 4 homers and 16 RBIs. Arroyo will be 23 this season.
Matt Krock, ranked 25th in the Giants farm system, spent the season with Single-A Advanced San Jose. In 25 games, the left-hander went 4 and 9 with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. He struck out 105 while walking 66. He will be 23 in 2018.
Stephen Woods played 2017 with Single-A Full Augusta. The righty went 6 and 7 in 23 games with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. He struck out 113 and walked 64. He is entering his age 23 season.
Following this deal, San Francisco is still in the hunt for an outfielder, starting pitcher, and bullpen help. Now that Denard Span is a Tampa Bay Ray, the Giants will most likely be in the chase for not just one, but two outfielders.
This deal is not the first, nor will it be the last of the Giants 2017 offseason. Mark my words, the Giants are just getting started.
Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com and www.milb.com