This has just been reported so there are still details to find out about but whenever names like Evan Longoria or Chris Archer pop up on the trade block teams take notice. Longoria has for some time now been known as a top 3B in the league and Archer a top SP in his own right.
With the SP market a bit weak this offseason in terms of free agency, it is almost certain that teams will be giving the Rays GM a call. There are no clear frontrunners at this time but keep an eye out as the Rays have shown in the past that they will not pass up on a big time trade to replenish their farm system. Though it will take a lot to pry these caliber of players away from the Rays, you can expect a few teams to throw prospects into offers.
Archer is coming off a 2016 in which he went 9-19 with a 4.02 ERA and 233 strikeouts over 201.1 innings pitched. Though the losses stand out a bit, you have to take into account the team he was playing on and the run support was clearly not there.
Longoria batted to the tune of .273/.318/.521 with 36 long balls and 98 RBI. With little protection in the lineup, Longoria still got things done and could provide a boost to many lineups around the league.
Stay tuned for more on this folks especially as we head into the Winter Meetings.