Evan Longoria has been through this before during his nine seasons with the Rays. There has been a steady exodus of talented players from the Tampa Bay organization over the past decade-plus because the small-market franchise can't afford to keep all of its stars and always must plan for the future.
Thus, you take the good (four playoff appearances since 2008, including a trip to the World Series) with the bad (three consecutive losing seasons) as the team walks a fine line of trying to contend and rebuild simultaneously.
However, Longoria, a three-time All-Star who is coming off a 36-homer, 98-RBI season, didn't hide his disappointment about Monday's deal that sent second baseman Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers in exchange for pitching prospect Jose De Leon.
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"I'm surprised and upset at losing a player, clubhouse presence and friend like Logan," Longoria told the Tampa Bay Times. "He's a rare player."
Rays ace Chris Archer, who has been the subject of trade rumors for months, also weighed in on the move:
I'm really, really, really gonna miss Logie bear 🐻. Doesn't get more classy or blue collar than him. Happy I was able to play with that man.— Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher22) January 24, 2017
...with that being said, we welcome @JDL_87 with open arms 🤗— Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher22) January 24, 2017
Forsythe, 30, hit a career-best 20 homers with 24 doubles, 52 RBI and a .264/.333/.444 slash line, and clearly was a respected clubhouse presence. Just another player Tampa Bay must try to replace.