By Matt Snyder
Ah, the perils of today's social media ...
Earlier this week, a person with the Twitter handle @MLBInsideNews tweeted that he heard Rays third baseman -- and face of the franchise -- Evan Longoria was "disgruntled" with the Rays' current situation and would welcome a trade. A follow-up tweet said the Rays were shopping Longoria.
Anyway, it wasn't really shocking -- at least not to me -- when Longoria texted Rays beat writer Marc Topkin the following message:
"I don't have any idea where that rumor came from! It's completely false. I've said from the start I love Tampa, I love the direction we are heading as a franchise and there is no better place for me to continue to grow as a player and person.''
While it's true that the Rays aren't able to spend a lot of money, it would have made more sense to say Longoria was disgruntled last offseason, when over $30 million of payroll was shed. Considering the Rays won the AL wild card, Longoria probably has no complaints. Or, as Michael Scott might say, Longoria is likely perfectly gruntled.
For whatever it's worth, @MLBInsideNews has tweeted an apology to Longoria and the Rays about his "false rumor" and notes he won't trust this "source" anymore.
Oh, and late Wednesday night, that same account tweeted that Matt Garza would be traded sometime Thursday. While it's entirely possible this guy has some sources, we just don't have any way of knowing the level of credibility. Just be careful what you believe.
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