Tampa Bay Rays willing to trade Evan Longoria

The Florida team wants to avoid the biggest part of his contract

Evan Longoria

Evan Longoria | AP

The Rays' economic situation is again forcing them to ponder some changes.

According to information from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the team is interested in trading third baseman Evan Longoria along with other players who have the highest salaries on the team.

Tampa Bays'' intention is to reduce their payroll even though the team only has $38 million committed for the next season.

Longoria will earn 13 million dollars for the following season, of the four years and around $67 million dollars still left on his contract. A bargain for any team looking to upgrade the hot corner.

Last season Longoria batted .261 with 20 homers and 86 RBIs in 155 games and he earned a Gold Glove for his defensive prowess at third.

The Cardinals seem like the perfect candidate for a Longoria trade, since before the off-season started the "Red Birds" had already indicated having interest in adding a top of the line third basemen.

Josh Donaldson's name was thrown around a bit, but with Longoria now on the block it might be time to look south instead of north for the NL Central team.

Topkin adds that another of the players who most likely leave the team is Dominican closer Alex Colomé.