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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: In the past, Evan Longoria was the future

In the present, is he the present?

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Way back in 2011 and 2012, The Hardball Times did “Franchise player drafts,” where they rated—ignoring contracts—who were the best players in the game to build a team around. They’ve dusted that off now, and will do another, but I link because of what it said in 2011.

At that time, the player THT staff most wanted to build a team around was Evan Longoria. Which is, you know, sort of what the Rays did. Looking back at that list, with 20/20 hindsight, was Longo the pick? Now there are trade rumors. Should there be?

Speaking of history, Adam got his dander up over the coverage of a game that happened nearly 15 years ago.

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