Originally written November 26, 2012 on Fox Sports Florida:
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Timing in life is everything, even more so when that timing seems unusual. The Tampa Bay Rays announced Monday they had agreed to a six-year contract extension with star Evan Longoria. OK, that makes sense. Longoria, 27, is a power-hitting run producer who also sports a Gold Glove at third base. Hes one of 11 active players to average at least 25 homers and 90 RBIs during his first five seasons. Besides that, Longoria has been a solid presence in the clubhouse and the community. But why would Tampa Bay feel compelled to add six years to a contract that still had four years remaining, and guarantee an extra 100 million? Why now? Well, we dont like to do these things during the season, Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said. Um, Stu, we mean why now as in why extend a deal that had four years to go? It wasnt like we woke up one morning sometime a month ago and said, Hey, lets go talk about this. Sternberg said. Its a process that goes along. That process likely was a bit more complicated fo...
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