Evan Longoria has said pretty much all the right things since the Rays traded him in December to the Giants.
But the former franchise cornerstone felt strongly the Rays made the wrong move in designating for assignment Corey Dickerson and spoke out on Sunday at Giants camp in Scottsdale, Ariz.
"It's really hard to come into a clubhouse and to win when you give away your best players," Longoria told reporters there. "Corey was our best player last year. He was better than me. Logan Morrison hit 38 home runs, but overall, Corey was our best player."
Dickerson slumped badly after hitting his way into the All-Star lineup. The Rays made the decision to DFA him Saturday after not finding much trade interest, with the benefit of having to pay only $1 million of his $5.95 million salary if they release since its in the first 15 days of spring training.
"It's kind of a shame," Longoria said. "I don't understand it. The guy was an All-Star last year. He's in his early prime. He's still controllable. It just doesn't make sense to me. It doesn't make sense to a lot of people. Corey will end up somewhere and continue to be the player that he is. But I kind of just feel bad for the Rays' fan base.
"And I feel bad for the guys this year who were probably counting on Corey to put up numbers to help the team win. I'm not going to take too many shots. But I think it's pretty obvious that the guy is a valuable player and didn't deserve to be DFA'd."
Information from ESPN was used in this report.