Rays Extend Evan Longoria

The Tampa Bay Rays announced that they have extended Evan Longoria through the 2022 season, with a club option for 2023.  The new deal incorporates Longoria’s earnings for 2013-2016, and extends an additional six-years at $100 million.

Longoria, of course, has been serving the Rays on what’s probably the most team-friendly contract in baseball since he hit the Majors in 2008. The all-star third baseman inked a six-year, $17.5 million deal with the Rays prior to making his Major League debut in 2008. The Rays hold team options worth $7.5 million, $11 million, and $11.5 million for 2014-16. Longoria’s 2013 salary is $6 million, thus he’ll earn $136 million though the end of his new extension, 2023 option excluded.

Longoria appeared in 74 games last season, missing a significant chunk of time with a left hamstring injury. He produced well when he was healthy with a .289/.369/.527 line and a .378 wOBA. Injuries have been a problem for Longoria throughout his career as he has appeared in 150 or more games just twice in five seasons. Longoria underwent surgery on his hamstring on November 20, but he is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

Rays principal owner Stuart Steinberg on the announcement, via ESPN:

“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.”

The Rays selected Longoria third overall in the 2006 MLB  Amateur Draft. In five seasons he holds a 276/.361/.516 triple-slash line to go along with 130 home runs.