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Security guard levels streaker on Miller Park infield dirt

Security guard levels streaker on Miller Park infield dirt

The Giants and Brewers went to extra innings on Thursday, but the highlight of the game may have come way back in the second inning. 

A man clad in socks and a top -- but no pants -- rushed the field from near third base and made his way toward Brandon Crawford at shortstop. 

It's unclear what his intentions were, or which team he was rooting for, but security took him down from behind before he was able to do much.

The man was marched off the field by four security guards.

MLB rumors: Giants gauging Evan Longoria trade interest with teams

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MLB rumors: Giants gauging Evan Longoria trade interest with teams

Evan Longoria's first season in San Francisco didn't go as planned, and now his future might not either.

The veteran third baseman has only spent one season in San Francisco, but the Giants, led by their new regime under Farhan Zaidi, reportedly are already looking at ways to move on. 

According to Jon Heyman, the Giants "have been gauging trade interest" in Longoria. But that won't be easy. 

Longoria, 33, still has $72.5 million left -- $58 million from the Giants -- on his contract through 2022, plus a $2 million assignment bonus if he's traded. When the Giants acquired him in a trade with the Rays before the 2018 season, Tampa Bay sent San Francisco $14.5 million.

The three-time All-Star had the worst season of his 11-year big league career after joining the Giants. He had career lows in batting average (.244), on-base percentage (.281), and home runs (16). 

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Longoria is the most likely candidate for Zaidi to pull off a salary-swap trade. He doesn't have a no-trade clause, and Zaidi has been here before in the past with players like Matt Kemp.

The Giants want to get younger and more athletic. Trading Longoria could just be the start of more roster turnaround for a team that has lost 187 games the past two seasons.

Giants' Evan Longoria expresses displeasure with slow MLB free agency

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Giants' Evan Longoria expresses displeasure with slow MLB free agency

Despite playing 11 years of Major League Baseball, Giants third baseman Evan Longoria has never gone through free agency. He signed a six-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008, and then a 10-year extension with the club in 2012.

But with what he's witnessing this offseason, it's safe to say he isn't looking forward to the day he has to partake in the process.

Longoria took to Instagram to share his displeasure, writing the following: 

We are less then a month from the start of spring and once again some of our games biggest starts remain unsigned. Such a shame. It’s seems every day now someone is making up a new analytical tool to devalue players, especially free agents. As fans, why should “value” for your team even be a consideration? It’s not your money, it’s money that players have worked their whole lives to get to that level and be deserving of. Bottom line, fans should want the best players and product on the field for their team. And as players we need to stand strong for what we believe we are worth and continue to fight for the rights we have fought for time and time again.

What Longoria is arguing is a lot of common sense that baseball fans need to understand.

Let's look at the following point: "As fans, why should “value” for your team even be a consideration? It’s not your money, it’s money that players have worked their whole lives to get to that level and be deserving of. Bottom line, fans should want the best players and product on the field for their team." 

He's not wrong. 

The money either goes to players, making them millionaires, or owners, making them billionaires. Who are we watching on the field? It's quite simple. 

Sure, it might be fun to play armchair GM, but fans should want the best and most entertaining product on the field. We can understand why teams rebuild, but that doesn't mean we have to get to this point as fans. Every team can afford a Bryce Harper or a Manny Machado.

The best game is the most competitive game, and that's what players want. Fans should be nodding their head in agreement. 

What's most interesting from Longoria is the fact that he's calling out the system and calling for players to fight back. The MLB collective bargaining agreement ends at the end of the 2021 season. If anger increases from players, negotiations could get quite awkward.