guffee wrote:I wonder if they are just bringing him up till aybar comes back. Then send him down to save on arbitration?
Does it work that way or does he come up and it starts?
Evan Longoria, 3B TB
News: Tampa Bay prospect Evan Longoria was recalled from Triple-A Durham and will make his much-anticipated major league debut Saturday against the Orioles. Longoria, sent back to the minors despite having an outstanding spring training, replaces third baseman Willy Aybar. The Rays placed Aybar on the 15-day disabled list Friday night after he missed his second straight game with a sore left hamstring that may sideline him up to four weeks. "We've been decimated by injuries. It's not necessarily the ideal way that we wanted to call him up," Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. "But we're confident in his ability to adjust at the plate, and what he brings to us defensively is something that we felt was very important to where we're going. We'll see what happens and reassess when Willy is ready to come back. We'll let things play out."
Analysis: By spending 13 days in the minors so far this season -- thus not qualifying for a full season -- the third baseman's eligibility for free agency is pushed back an extra year until after the 2014 season. Longoria was the third pick in the June 2006 draft. In seven games at Durham this season, he hit .200 with no homers and five RBI. Pick up the elite prospects in all leagues at this point. He is available in 39 percent of CBSSports.com leagues. He could be this year's Hunter Pence or Ryan J. Braun impact call-up.
So, I'd assume, as long as he doesn't suck, he'll stay up and be their everyday third baseman? Or, at least, that's what I hope!