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The Outside Corner:
Tampa Bay Rays
New York Mets
Things are really starting to boil over on the hot stove after coming back from a nice Thanksgiving break. Over the past two days, we've seen the Rays hand out the first $100 million contract in their history to the very worthy Evan Longoria, Jeff Keppinger break his leg and potentially give the Rays a huge break (no pun intended) in bringing the utilityman back, the potential end of Brian Wilson in San Francisco, yet another new closer in Ryan Madson for the Angels, the Cubs inking Scott Feldman, some lowballing and revising of long-term offers between the Mets and David Wright, and All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz get suspended 25 games for amphetamine usage.
Despite everything going on, we even managed to crank out some columns, focusing on just who the mystery team is in the BJ Upton sweepstakes and how deep the Dodgers pockets really are.
Exhausted yet? You should be. It's not even December yet!
Enjoy your offseason, everyone.
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Free agent infielder Jeff Keppinger recently had surgery to repair a small break in his right fibula, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reported. According to the report, Keppinger suffered the fracture to his lower leg when he tripped down stairs at his house. Keppinger is hoping to be ready to return by mid-January, well ahead of the start of spring training. It's unclear...
The Tampa Bay Rays announced Monday that third baseman Evan Longoria agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract extension. Longoria was already under contract through 2016, so the new deal keeps him in Tampa through 2022. The Rays also have an option for 2023. "We drafted Evan in 2006 with the belief that he and the organization would grow with each other and together accomplish...
The six year, $17.5 million contract that Evan Longoria signed with the Tampa Bay Rays in April of his 2008 rookie season was thought of as the best contract in all of baseball by a vast amount of fans and executives across the game. The Rays aren't going to need to worry about exercising Longoria's options from 2014 to 2016 in the original deal, because they've signed...
Ben and Sam discuss Evan Longoria`s second extension and why players aren`t holding out for a bigger slice of the revenue pie.
Third baseman Evan Longoria is set for life. The 27-year old slugger signed a contract extension through 2022 for $100 million reports Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. The deal also includes a team option for 2023.
Topkin writes that Longoria's new contract will incorporate the salaries for 2013 through 2016 from his original contract ($6 million in 2013, $7.5 million...
If you haven’t heard the news yet, Tampa Bay Rays stud third basemen Evan Longoria got hooked-up with a fat new $100 million extension that will keep the All-Star in a Rays uniform through 2023. And while we think that Longoria’s numbers are far worthy to get an extension like this, some other guys in sports may not have been.
Who? Well keep reading and see for yourself the four...
Until he was dethroned by Mike Trout this summer, Evan Longoria had been a fixture atop my annual Trade Value series. It was partially due to the fact that he was both young and an excellent player, but, primarily, he ruled the list because his contract was so absurdly slanted in the Rays favor. Despite already racking up +29 WAR in his first four years in the Majors, Longoria...
The Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays
had all been “aggressive” suitors for free agent infielder Jeff Keppinger
before he broke his leg, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.
Three teams that had been aggressive on Jeff Keppinger before he broke his leg were the Cubs, Diamondbacks and Rays.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 27, 2012
Jerry Crasnick of ESPNcom and Baseball America calls in to discuss Evan Longoria’s new deal, its impact on David Wright, and other offseason topics in baseball.
Jerry Crasnick on The Dovid Dobin Show
The Tampa Bay Rays have locked up one of their franchise cornerstones for a long time.
The team tweeted that it had extended All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria's contract through the 2022 season, with a team option for 2023.
The deal adds $100 million to his existing contract, which was set to run through 2016.
His original deal, which was for six years and $17.5 million...
While the Rays made a major move on Monday to lock up star third baseman Evan Longoria through 2022, the Red Sox continued planning for their future as the rumor mill kept spinning. Here are some updates: -After designating them for assignment on Wednesday, the Red Sox re-signed RHP Sandy Rosario, RHP David Carpenter, and [...]
FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron analyzes all baseball — and, in particular, the part of baseball concerning Evan Longoria‘s new contract. Also: Hiroki Kuroda. Also-also: Michael Ynoa and 16-year-old pitchers, generally.
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