Baseball’s offseason got itself back in gear Monday as the Rays made headlines by signing superstar Evan Longoria to a huge nine-year deal worth $100 million, with an additional club option included for 2023.
Longo will now be making roughly $17.6 million per year, which is really worth the money for Tampa considering how valuable he is to the team. Most can agree that the Rays pulled off another bargain by coming to terms for a long-term deal with the three-time All Star, who has become the franchise cornerstone over the years.
Longoria had a season to forget in 2012 due to hamstring injury that cost him over half the season. Fortunately though, he underwent a minor operation last week and is expected to be 100% healthy for spring training.
For more on the Longo contract extension, check out DRaysBay.com for their two in-depth write-ups.
More Rays News and Notes:
- The Kansas City Royals, who have been shopping top prospect Wil Myers, have had trade talks with the Rays.
- Prospects Tim Beckham, Hak-Ju Lee and Felipe Rivero have all been added to the 40-man roster.
- The Rays have—or at least had—interest in veteran slugger Lance Berkman.
- Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times looks at the possibility of the Rays signing a utility man such as Chone Figgins or Ryan Raburn.
- The Yankees have interest in Jeff Keppinger, who remains a free agent.
- Here’s Longoria speaking at today’s news conference: