Posted November 26, 2012 on
AP on Fox
Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longori has agreed to a new contract through 2022 that adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million.
The agreement announced Monday with the three-time All-Star incorporates the remainder of the 27-year-old's existing contract, which called for him to earn $36.6 million over the next four seasons. The new deal includes a team option for 2023.
''We drafted Evan in 2006 with the belief that he and the organization would grow with each other and together accomplish great things,'' Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement. ''That is why the Rays and Evan signed a long-term contract in 2008, and it is why we are extending our commitments. 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.''
Just six games into his major league career, Longoria agreed in April 2008 to a $17.5 million, six-year contract that included club options potentially making the deal worth $44 million over nine seasons.
''Evan has all of the attributes we seek in a player,'' Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. ''His determination and work ethic inspire others around him. He is devoted to his craft and strives to improve himself every year, and he defines success in terms of team performance and achievement. It's exciting to know that Evan will be manning third base for the Rays for many years to come.''
Tampa Bay selected Longoria as the third overall pick in the 2006 amateur draft, making him the first player drafted under Sternberg and Friedman.
Longoria played in just 74 games in 2012 because of a partially torn left hamstring. He underwent a minor procedure on the hamstring Nov. 20 and is expected to be ready for spring training.
Tampa Bay was 41-44 during Longoria's absence, and 47-27 with him in the starting lineup.
The two-time AL Gold Glove winner and 2008 AL Rookie of the Year ranks second on the Rays career list with 130 home runs, third with 456 RBIs and fourth with 161 doubles. Longoria is one of 11 active players to average at least 25 homers and 90 RBIs during his first five seasons.
Longoria will donate more than $1 million during the contract to the Rays Baseball Foundation, the team's charitable foundation.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
B.J. Upton is close to making a decision on where he will call home for the upcoming years, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Topkin adds that a decision could come as soon as this week.
Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and XM Radio adds that the Upton race appears to be down to the Braves, Phillies and of course a mystery team. Bowden adds that the Braves do have a slight lead in...
If Evan Longoria isn’t a Tampa Bay Ray for life, it certainly won’t be for a lack of trying.
The third baseman agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract extension with the team on Monday, which means that he will be under team control until 2023.
The 27-year-old had previously signed a six-year, $17.5 million deal with the team that included team options for the 2014-16 seasons...
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...
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...
It happens every off-season, teams get into a frenzied bidding situation for a high profile free agent. Just when we think we know who he is going to sign with- BAM! They strike out of nowhere! The mystery team!!!
You never believe it when they are mentioned in rumors. You scoff and mock the reporter who even suggests their presence. But then, lo and behold, that'...
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...
Ben and Sam discuss Evan Longoria`s second extension and why players aren`t holding out for a bigger slice of the revenue pie.
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...
A bidding war is brewing in the NL East for a speedy center fielder.
The Braves and Phillies are the finalists for B.J. Upton, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN, though there may be a mystery team involved as well. The Reds or Nationals could be that mystery team. Both of those teams are also interested in the former Rays outfielder, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal...
Most highly-coveted free agents will wait until the Winter Meetings (held in early December) to begin seriously considering their options. But a few pieces of the off-season puzzle typically fall into place a little early. And this year will apparently be no different. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes in his Sunday column…
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...
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