Ex-Ray Evan Longoria says free agents need to stand strong and fight

Longoria said it’s a shame big stars aren’t signed and questions analytics that “devalue” players.
The San Francisco Giants' Evan Longoria follows the flight of an RBI-double off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chad Bettis during a game in May in Denver. [AP Photo/David Zalubowski]
The San Francisco Giants' Evan Longoria follows the flight of an RBI-double off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chad Bettis during a game in May in Denver. [AP Photo/David Zalubowski]
Published January 18
Updated January 18

Former Rays star Evan Longoria said another slow market for big-name free agents is a shame and, joining the rumblings of a potential looming labor war with the owners, called for players to “stand strong” and “continue to fight” for their rights,

Longoria, traded to the Giants in December 2017, got his money without becoming a free agent, signing two rich, long-terms deals with the Rays that were considered below market at the time.

But using photos on his Instagram post to highlight Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Dallas Keuchel and Criag Kimbrel, Longoria made clear that he feels the current system isn’t working and questioned the analytics some are using to “devalue” players.

Longoria isn’t the only player to speak out lately; Philadelphia’s Jake Arrieta recently posted a warning to younger players that they need to pay attention to what is happening as they could be targeted next.


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