The Tampa Bay Rays and their all-star third baseman Evan Longoria have agreed to a contract extension which should keep the 27-year old in a Rays uniform for length of his professional career.
The deal will reportedly add an additional six years and $100 million to Longoria’s current contract, which was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2016 season. Now Longoria will be a member of the Rays organization through the 2023 season and would be 38-years old once the extension reaches its end point.
Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg released the following statement about Longoria’s long-term extension with the club, “We drafted Evan in 2006 with the belief that he and the organization would grow with each other and together accomplish great things. 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.”
Last season Longoria was limited to just 74 games due to a partially torn hamstring and still managed to hit .298 with 17 home runs and 55 runs batted in. On November 20, Longoria had the hamstring surgically repaired which means that the three-time all-star and two-time gold glove winning third baseman should not only be healthy for the 2013 campaign but should also have yet another stellar season ahead of him. Now Tampa Bay just needs to surround their best player with other viable players in their lineup in order for them to reach the level which they are capable of.