Evan Longoria signs a new extension with the Tampa Bay Rays

Evan Longoria signs another extension, keeping him in Tampa Bay through 2023

11/26/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

October 1, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) throws the ball to first for an out against the Baltimore Orioles in the second inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIREEvan Longoria already signed a monster extension with the Rays in 2008, and he was already locked up through 2016.

Still, he has signed another deal with the Rays that keeps him in town through at least 2022, with a team option for 2023.

Longoria's deal is for 6 additional years and $100M tacked onto the end of his current contract.

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg explained the rationale behind the new deal:
"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."

Based on this contract, it looks like Longoria will end up with the Rays for his entire career, barring a blockbuster trade or sudden disinterest from the Rays later in his deal.

This is pretty unusual nowadays, but it's good to see at least one team and one player who have some loyalty left.
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