SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

Evan Longoria says he’d love to play again for ‘right opportunity’

Jan 25, 2024, 1:38 PM | Updated: 1:48 pm

Evan Longoria #3 of the Arizona Diamondbacks scores against the San Francisco Giants in the top of ...

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 25: Evan Longoria #3 of the Arizona Diamondbacks scores against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the ninth inning at Oracle Park on June 25, 2023 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Evan Longoria says his playing days may not be over, as the 2023 Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman told MLB Network last week he’d love to keep going in the right situation.

Longoria turned 38 in October and has 16 MLB seasons of experience: 10 with the Tampa Bay Rays, five with the San Francisco Giants and one in Arizona where he and his family reside.

The third baseman said he’s been keeping an open mind this offseason and has listened to offers, but only a “few places” make sense.

“Clearly I enjoyed playing here in Arizona,” Longoria said on Thursday. “I kind of got spoiled being able to drive 25 minutes down the road and call that home base.”

Longoria started 16 of 17 postseason games for the Diamondbacks during their trip to the World Series, his second career Fall Classic appearance. The other came during his rookie year with the Rays.

His highlight moment in the postseason was on defense, as he speared a line drive and doubled off a runner to escape a bases-loaded jam in Game 1 of the wild card series at the Milwaukee Brewers.

After the playoff run, he was noncommittal about suiting up again. He said he could walk out proud after enjoying the postseason run, calling it a reminder of why he kept playing.

During the regular season, Longoria played 74 games and slashed .223/.295/.422 with 11 home runs in 237 plate appearances. His production suffered after he spent more than three weeks on the injured list with a lower back strain.

After the season he wrote on Instagram, “This year was special in so many ways. Being at home all year with my family, allowing me to be a dad and husband in ways I hadn’t been afforded in some years. Welcoming the playoffs back to AZ for the first time since 2017 … and ultimately playing for a ring and trying to bring title #2 back to the state.”

The D-backs added an everyday third baseman via trade early this offseason, acquiring Eugenio Suarez from the Seattle Mariners. Arizona does not have an obvious designated hitter and has been open about wanting another bat.

Free agents remain available, including Arizona’s postseason DH Tommy Pham. Jorge Soler, J.D. Martinez and Justin Turner are fellow designated hitter options on the market.

This story was first published by Sactown Sports‘ sister station, Arizona Sports. Thank you for reading SactownSports.com. Follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. 

Newsletter

San Francisco Giants

Mitch Haniger #17 of the San Francisco Giants hits a sixth inning two-run double against the Colora...

BRANDON GUSTAFSON Assistant Editor of SeattleSports.com

Mitch Haniger, who never wanted to leave Mariners, happy to return

After a year away, Mitch Haniger is back with the Seattle Mariners. And that’s something he’s very excited about.

2 hours ago

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - OCTOBER 03: Matt Chapman #26 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a single agains...

Frankie Cartoscelli

MLB insider says the SF Giants are the best fit for Matt Chapman

MLB Network's Jon Morosi says that the San Francisco Giants are the best fit for free agent third baseman Matt Chapman.

1 day ago

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 19: Jung Hoo Lee of the San Francisco Giants takes batting practice ...

Frankie Cartoscelli

Jung Hoo Lee to make SF Giants Spring Training debut on Tuesday

San Francisco Giants outfielder Jung Hoo Lee will take the field on Tuesday in Arizona for his Spring Training debut vs. Seattle.

1 day ago

Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants follows the flight of the ball after hitting a six...

Joseph Jarosz

Brandon Crawford finds a new home for first time in MLB career

Katie Woo of The Athletic is reporting that 37-year-old Brandon Crawford has signed a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.

2 days ago

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Wilmer Flores #41 of the San Francisco Giants is forced out...

Frankie Cartoscelli

Report: SF Giants a finalist for free agent Kiké Hernández

According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the San Francisco Giants are one of four finalists for free-agent utility man Kiké Hernández.

2 days ago

Nick Ahmed #13 of the Arizona Diamondbacks fields a ground ball hit by Juan Soto #22 of the San Die...

Joseph Jarosz

San Francisco Giants sign former two-time Gold Glove winner

The San Francisco Giants announced they've signed infielder Nick Ahmed to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training.

2 days ago

Evan Longoria says he’d love to play again for ‘right opportunity’