Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has had his contract extended by an additional six years for $100 million. Longoria's contract had club options for the 2014-16 seasons. His new contract includes those years plus six more, so Longoria is under contract through 2022 and has a club option for 2023.
After being selected third overall in the 2006 MLB Draft, Longoria won the AL Rookie of the Year in 2008. He's now a three-time All-Star with two Gold Gloves, one Silver Slugger and two top-10 finishes in MVP voting.
"We drafted Evan in 2006 with the belief that he and the organization would grow with each other and together accomplish great things," Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement released by the team. "That is why the Rays and Evan signed a long-term contract in 2008, and it is why we are extending our commitments today. 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."
Longoria has long had one of the more club-friendly contracts in baseball, as he signed a six-year, $17.5 million contract before the 2008 season with club options possibly pushing the deal to nine years and $44 million. Now he'll get his big payday and likely repay the Rays by staying in Tampa Bay for the rest of his career.
Of course, this is still a pretty good deal for the Rays. Adding the two contracts together comes to $144 million over the course of 15 seasons -- not to mention that Longoria will continue to be the face of the franchise.
"Evan has all of the attributes we seek in a player," Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said in a statement. "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."
Longoria, 27, hit .289/.369/.527 with 17 homers, 55 RBI and 39 runs last season in just 74 games, due to an extended absence with a serious hamstring injury. The Rays were 47-27 when Longoria started and 43-45 when he didn't.
Originally posted by Matt Snyder on CBSSports.com