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Report: Rays nearing $50 million extension with CF Kiermaier

The Tampa Bay Rays have liked what they’ve gotten out of Kevin Kiermaier the past few seasons, so they’re trying to lock him up.The Tampa Bay Times reports that Kiermaier and the Rays are close to reaching agreement on a $50 million contract extension for the centerfielder that would be for six years.Kiermaier was already under team control with Tampa Bay through 2020, so this...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Evan Longoria helps power Rays past Blue Jays

RAYS 8, BLUE JAYS 2 Erasmo Ramirez, who has battled hamstring tightness, worked two scoreless innings for the Rays. Tommy Hunter followed and worked a perfect third. Evan Longoria belted his first home run and first-base prospect Jake Bauers hit his second homer. Ryan Borucki got his first start and worked two innings for the Blue Jays, giving up a run and two hits, including a...
Via Associated Press
17 days ago  |  Discuss

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

In today’s game, the hot corner may be the best collection of talent at one spot available. It has produced an MVP in each league over the past two seasons, as well as arguably the best infield defender in the game and a back-to-back homerun champion. And although the position loses an All-Star from a year ago in Matt Carpenter, who will move across the diamond to man first base...
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February 22, 2017  |  Discuss

Evan Longoria still not over Rays’ Logan Forsythe trade

It’s generally accepted by players that baseball is a business, and sometimes teams will make tough decisions that their players don’t completely approve of.Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria knows that too, but nearly a month later, he’s still not over the deal his team made that sent second baseman Logan Forsythe to the Los Angeles Dodgers.“I actually like where...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Longoria ‘surprised and upset’ Rays traded Forsythe

Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe were teammates on the Tampa Bay Rays for the last three seasons, and Longoria feels blindsided that their tenure together ended so abruptly.On Monday, Longoria expressed his shock and sadness at the Rays’ decision to trade Forsythe away.“I’m surprised and upset at losing a player, clubhouse presence and friend like Logan,” Longoria said, according...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 24, 2017  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: Rays Could Trade Evan Longoria; Dodgers A Landing Spot?

One of the best third baseman in the American League could be leaving the only place he’s ever called home as a Major League Baseball player. According the’s Jon Morosi, the Tampa Bay Rays are considering trading slugger Evan Longoria this offseason. #Rays will consider offers for Evan Longoria this winter. #Dodgers are one possibility if they do not re-sign Justin...
November 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Rays not interested in dealing Evan Longoria

The Tampa Bay Rays will look at a lot of different ways to get better this winter, but trading Evan Longoria does not sound like it will be one of them. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are willing to listen to offers for a number of players, but Longoria is not one of them. The team is said to be uninterested in moving him after a year in which he hit ...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Now Might Be the Best Time to Trade Evan Longoria

Evan Longoria is the Tampa Bay Rays’ best player in franchise history. That’s not a particularly controversial suggestion: the franchise has only been around for 19 seasons and Longoria has been a mainstay on the team for nearly a decade. His 47 WAR bests Carl Crawford‘s sum with club by 10 wins and, with 25 more games, he will secure the record for games played in a Rays uniform...
Via Fangraphs
July 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Proof that the Rays’ Evan Longoria is an All-Star

Criticism to the professional athlete can serve positive or negative purposes. It can prove to be damaging to the psyche of the athlete depending on how they receive it or the context it is spoken in. The mentally weak fall into the insecurity of being called out for poor performances, and it drowns them with ideas of self-doubt and the inability to improve. Criticism can also...
June 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Evan Longoria Is and Isn’t Back

Over the first eight plus years of his major league career, from 2008 to 2016, Evan Longoria has led position players with 45.1 WAR.  That WAR total is by no means definitive proof that we was truly the most valuable player for those eight plus seasons, but it’s enough to establish the concept that Longoria has been one of the very best players in the league for a substantial...
Via Fangraphs
June 10, 2016  |  Discuss

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