Nov 26, 2012

Longoria staying in Tampa Bay through 2022

by Aaron Giddens
Evan Longoria
Evan Longoria
Courtesy: Keith Allison/Flickr
Today the Rays announced that they have signed Evan Longoria to a 6-year extension worth $100 million, with a club option for a 7th year in 2023.

Longoria, 27, batted .289 with 17 home runs and 55 RBIs in only 74 games because of a partially torn hamstring. He is a three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner.

Of the deal Rays principal owner Stuart Sternburg said in a statement, "We drafted Evan in 2006 with the belief that he and the organization would grow with each other and together accomplish great things, that is why the Rays and Evan signed a long-term contract in 2008, and it is why we are extending our commitments today. Evan has clearly become a cornerstone player and a fixture in our organization. We are proud of what we have accomplished these past seven years, and I expect the best is yet to come."

I love the deal. When I woke up this afternoon (I'm a night owl so I sleep all morning), I pulled up the website of our buddies at Rays Index and saw an article about an extension, at first I thought it was a recap of his current deal which expires after 2016, but as I read the article I hit the floor with excitement.

There's only a couple things that worry me, I don't recall the Rays ever giving out this sort of money before not to mention for this length of time. Are the Rays setting a new standard? Will more players that want to come to Tampa Bay want to get payed like Evan? And what does this mean for the rest of the team, will we still be able to field an all round great team with Longo's new contract there?

I suspect the answers to these questions are of the good kind because Friedman is a 2% genius. So I'll worry about it only when it becomes a problem.

So, until that time, congratulations Evan, you deserve it and happy to know you be with us until 2022. By the way, ESPN likes the move too.


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