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MLB Rumors: Tampa Bay Rays to Consider Trading Evan Longoria

Jun 29, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) hits a RBI single during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers had a grueling day of trade rumors but they can possibly add a potential player to their list. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Tampa Bay Rays are open to offers for Evan Longoria.

If the Dodgers do not re-sign Justin Turner, the next possible option would be Longoria.

The Rays were in a slump in the 2016 season as they finished in last place in the AL East. The organization has been in a financial slump as well, so letting go of Longoria would be the best choice for the team since Longoria has 6 years, $100 left on his contract.

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Since Andrew Friedman, Dodgers president of baseball operations, was the former general manager of the Rays, this deal would be the easiest choice for Los Angeles.

Here are Turner and Longoria’s 2016 numbers:

AB R H HR RBI BA OBP SLG
Evan Longoria 633 81 173 36 98 0.273 0.318 0.840
Justin Turner 556 79 153 27 90 0.275 0.339 0.832

Throughout the day, Dodger fans were debating whether or not the Dodgers could finance both players and move Turner to second base and start Longoria at third base. At the end of the day, the Dodgers would either re-sign Turner or sign Longoria.

Longoria is a Southern California native and went to Long Beach State, so he would be coming back home.

Will the Dodgers continue pursuing the Downey native?

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Written by Janice Garcia

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  1. Team chemistry is so hard to capture… Dodgers have it with the current roster. Need to resign Jansen, Turner & Hill. And add Ian Kinsler and Justin Verlander via trade. That team can compete against the Cubs. If FO can trade Kazmir, then the team salary should be similar to last year’s even with the signings.

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