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?