Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Evan Longoria told Rays if trade was imminent, he wanted 'a win for both sides'

Evan Longoria mentioned several times during Wednesday's conference call that he needed time to organize his thoughts for a proper goodbye that would appear as an ad in today's Tampa Bay Times. But he still had plenty to say after being traded to the Giants by the Rays.

On his reaction to being dealt:

"It's obviously a tough day for myself and my family and for all of the friendships and relationships I've made over the years there.''

On how the Rays handled the process, if he felt the Rays didn't keep their commitment after signing him long-term?

"(General manager Erik Neander) and (team president Matt Silverman) and the front office have been very open and communicated from day one. (They) were very open to letting me go somewhere where they felt like I had the best opportunity as a player to win and also for them to be able to accomplish what they want to accomplish in trying to rebuild the franchise. I was very clear to them my hope was that if it did happen, that it would be a win for both sides.''

On if he feels the Rays didn't honor the commitment of signing him to a second long-term deal?

"I don't blame them. I feel like they feel they are in a position where they need to start to make some drastic changes in order to get back to where they feel the need to be. I don't know that they could have done it any better in terms of what they did for me, so I'm very appreciate of them for that.''

On maintaining charitable and business relationships with the Tampa Bay community:

"Along with leaving friends on the team and staff members, that's the hardest part. Being somewhere for 10 years, me and my family put a lot into the community, tried to do as much as we could. I think that those things that we've committed to are still somehow going to be ongoing relationships, whether it be with PetPal or in some way with the restaurant (Ducky's sports grill in Tampa). All of those things, I believe that the things we're still passionate about in the area we'll try and stay committed to.''

On going to the Giants, who are coming off a 98-loss season after an impressive run that included three World Series titles in six years and four playoff appearances in eight:

"The happiest part of it all is to be able to go to a place that they've assured me that they're planning to win … and to get back to where they expect to be.''

Evan Longoria told Rays if trade was imminent, he wanted 'a win for both sides' 12/20/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 9:54pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2018 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. With Victor Hedman out, Lightning's Slater Koekkoek finally gets chance to prove himself

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — When it comes to replacing its top defenseman, the Lightning realizes that's not possible.

  2. Abuse survivor confronts gymnastics doctor: 'I have been coming for you for a long time'

    Olympics

    Two yearbook photos floated side-by-side on a projection screen in the Michigan courtroom.

  3. Gap closing between River Ridge and soccer power Sunlake

    Preps

    NEW PORT RICHEY — The string of state tournament runs for Sunlake High School has made a great mark for Pasco County boys soccer.

  4. Rick and Tom podcast: Can the Lightning keep up this pace?

    Lightning Strikes

    In their latest podcast, Tom Jones sits down with Joe Smith to catch up on the Lightning through 44 games as it gets set to come back from the bye week.

  5. Plant City boys basketball feasts on community support

    Preps

    PLANT CITY — One morning a few days before Christmas, Plant City High's boys basketball team piled into a local eatery for some pre-tournament breakfast.