Evan Longoria will play for the Tampa Bay Rays through 2023 after signing a 6 year, $100 million contract extension.
Longoria will continue to earn his agreed upon salary through 2016 before a $100 million extension kicked in through 2023.
According to Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg:
“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 27-year-old batted .289 last season with 17 home runes and 55 RBIs in just 74 games. Longoria then sat out the rest of the season with a torn hamstring. During his short time in the bigs, Longoria has served as an All-Star three times and as a Gold Glove winner two times.
On November 20, Longoria underwent a surgical procedure to fix his hamstring issue.
Evan Longoria is expected to report when spring training starts in 2013.
Chiming in over Longoria’s huge contract extension was pitcher David Price who tweeted:
wow @evan3longoria we breaking bread over here my brotha…lol happy to see you get paid…I’m sure it feels great!!!
— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) November 26, 2012
Do you think Evan Longoria is worth $100 million dollars on top of his current contract?