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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Will the Rays trade Evan Longoria?

Evan Longoria trade talk, Rogers Communications might sell the Blue Jays, and Eric Neander discusses the Rays off-season

Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr./Getty Images

As the two massive clogs to the off-season continue to hold things up, there is rampant speculation around the game that the Rays will enter a rebuilding phase and trade off their core players, with the likes of Evan Longoria being mentioned frequently.


Name the player based of an excerpt from his prospect scouting report from Baseball America

He struggled early in 2003 before regaining strength in his wrist. A disciplined hitter with good pitch recognition and a classic lefthanded stroke that recalls Mark Grace, He sprays line drives to all fields and has power to the alleys. He's still growing and projects to hit 30 homers annually. Defensively, he works well around the bag and his arm is as good as it gets at first base. His instincts and makeup are off the charts. Since his hand injury, hetends to pull off pitches and collapse his back side on occasion. This also might be a result of trying to hit for more power, instead of letting it come naturally. He has below-average speed but is a smart baserunner.

Hint: He was ranked as the 4th top prospect in his organization following the 2003 & 2004 seasons