The Angels will be looking for help at third base this winter due to David Freese's impending free agency, and could turn to the trade market in their search. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria would be "a perfect Angel" if Tampa Bay decides to make him available in trade talks.
Cafardo reports that people throughout the game have wondered for a couple of years if the Rays would be willing to part with their franchise third baseman in exchange for a few younger pieces. Tampa has never expressed a willingness to deal Longoria, who is under control through the 2023 season and is owed $110 million in guaranteed money.
The free agent market at third base is weak behind Freese, with Juan Uribe, Mark Reynolds, Casey McGehee, Mike Aviles and Gordon Beckham serving as other available options. The Red Sox are expected to make Pablo Sandoval available this winter, so the trade market for third baseman could be very active considering the growing demand throughout the game.
At this point, the Rays have not made any indication that they are willing to part with Longoria, but the team's willingness to trade former stars (like Matt Garza and James Shields) in order to rebuild could signal an impending change. Longoria, a southern California native, would seem to be a great fit for the Angels if Freese signs elsewhere.