Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Longoria signs $100 million extension through 2022 with club option for 2023
Posted Nov 26, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Nov 26, 2012 at 10:23 AM
ST. PETERSBURG The Tampa Bay Rays announced this morning they have signed third baseman Evan Longoria to an extension that could keep him in a Rays uniform through the 2023 season.
The team will pick up the club options through 2016 and extend the contract through 2022 with an additional $100 million guaranteed. The team holds an option for 2023.
“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 team release. “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.”
“Evan has all of the attributes we seek in a player,” said Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said in the same release. “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.”
The 27-year-old Longoria is clearly the most important player in the Rays lineup. He is their true home run threat and brings Gold Glove defense to third base.
Longoria missed 85 games in 2012 with partially torn left hamstring. The Rays were 41-44 with Longoria on the disabled list and 47-27 with him in the lineup. He underwent a minor procedure on his left hamstring Nov. 20 and is expected to be ready by spring training, according to the Rays.
Longoria also missed 26 games early in the 2011 season because of a strained left oblique suffered in the second game of the year and still led the team with 31 home runs and 99 RBI.
Longoria was drafted third overall in 2006 and signed with the organization that day.
Six days after joining the Rays in 2008, he signed a contract that will pay him $44 million over nine years now that the Rays picked up the final three years.
The 2008 American League rookie of the year, Longoria is a three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner. He has a career .276 batting average with .361 career on-base percentage and a .516 career slugging percentage.