Rays extend Longoria

Thinking we were going to ease back into things as we all come out of our turkey comas after Thanksgiving weekend? Think again! It’s not even 10:00 and we have arguably the biggest development of the offseason to date, as the Rays just announced that they’ve agreed to a six year contract extension with star third baseman Evan Longoria. Longoria, already under control through the 2016 season at a price widely viewed as the best bargain in baseball, has signed up for at least six additional seasons in Tampa Bay, at a price of $100 million. That sounds like a lot, especially for the (relatively) cash strapped Rays, but consider that the deal won’t even take effect until 2017, at which point salaries and revenue will probably have taken another big jump, meaning that this is likely still a bargain for the Rays, who now have their best hitter and most marketable player signed to basically a career long contract.

Remember when everyone thought the Rays were going to be a flash in the pan that couldn’t sustain their winning ways for very long?

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Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

2 thoughts on “Rays extend Longoria

  1. This doesn't make sense to me. He doesn't need to be extended–a lot can happen in 4years. He'll be 32, so this takes him eo his age 38 season, and he's had some injuries recently. I understand why they did it (similar to the Twins signing Mauer to that monster contract), but that doesn't mean that it will work out. It also does position them opposite of the Miami Marlins.

  2. I love how the Rays draft, develop and then sign/keep their own talent, pretty amazing at how good they are at winning on a small budget.