Evan Longoria turned back the clock in 2016, blasting a career-high 36 homers, tallying his best RBI total (98) and ISO (.248) since 2011, and his best slugging percentage (.521) since 2012. He was as durable as ever, playing 160 games for the second straight season, and he's now only missed six games in the last four seasons overall. There's no reason to believe an encore isn't possible despite the somewhat drastic jump in his home run totals, especially after he posted a near six-percent jump in hard contact in 2016. While his strikeout rate did see a slight bump up to 21.0 percent, Longoria's bat speed proved to be as healthy as ever last season given his power numbers, and he'll therefore profile as a top-10 fantasy option at third base in any format heading into the coming season. Overly aggressive bidders may regret raising his baseline, though.
Longoria (illness) missed a second straight day of workouts Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Although he made an appearance in the clubhouse, Longoria was subsequently sent home due to the high fever he still was saddled with. He remains firmly day-to-day, and his availability for Friday's Grapefuit League opener would get murkier with each additional day he's sidelined.
Longoria (illness) missed Monday's workout, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Longoria, who'd attended a season-ticket holder event in Tampa on Sunday night, communicated to manager Kevin Cash that he had been ill throughout the night with a fever. All details point to the third baseman being back in action in the near future, although it's possible his absence could extend into Tuesday.
Longoria, who hit a career-high 36 homers in 2016, did a lot less hitting this offseason than in years past, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Instead, the veteran third baseman opted for a heavy dose of pilates alongside his wife, and feels the reduced workload this offseason was natural byproduct of him shortening his swing last season. Considering the standout campaign he enjoyed, that adjustment paid considerable dividends. Longoria remarked that his swing "has probably felt as good as it's ever felt coming into spring" and is excited about the upcoming season, despite the fact he'll no longer have close friend and former teammate Logan Forsythe in the clubhouse. "I think we were all a little bit upset by the loss of Logan, I was about as vocal as I've ever been on any given topic or move that we've made, but that being said some of the additions we did make are really good.''
Longoria went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 14-4 loss at the hands of the Yankees. Longoria has been white hot the past week, hitting four home runs in his last seven games. He now has 36 home runs on the season, extending his career high. Longoria also has 95 RBI, the most since 2011 when he hit 99.
Longoria went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Orioles. The veteran slugger took Ubaldo Jimenez deep for a two-run shot in the first to open the scoring on the night, his 34th round-tripper on the season. Although he's only hit .222 overall in 63 September at-bats, he's now tallied three straight multi-hit efforts and has gone 5-for-9 with two homers and seven RBI over the first two games of the current series versus the Orioles. His home run total is now a career high, while his 93 RBI represent his best number in that category since 2011.