No Solution for Aging A-Rod: The Tampa Bay Rays Keep Evan Longoria Locked Up

11/27/12 in MLB   |   This_is_Rick   |   265 respect

Sometimes MLB teams, or any sport for that matter, will do anything to keep other organizations from benefiting now, or in the future. 
 
The Tampa Bay Rays made it clear right-handed slugger Evan Longoria, 27, is the face of the franchise, giving him an extra $100 million in guaranteed cash; keeping the All-Star in Tampa—or wherever the team ends up—until 2022.
September 23, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) at bat against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
 
But the deal means more than just years and cash. The Rays, unlike other Florida squads, are thinking outside the box, and playing "keep away" from the other teams in the AL East. 
 
The unexpectedness of the move has experts attempting to dissect the reasoning behind it, leaving ideas and opinions on what this means for the Rays. However, it wasn't until Charlie McCarthy's article for FOX Sports that the simple question was asked: Why add on six years and a small-islands' worth of pocket money to a guy that still has four years left on his current deal?
 
Well, the answer is even simpler than the question: Spending now delays any future deals...for other teams like the New York Yankees—And this is where the Rays front office gets credit for what they did with Longoria.
 
There shouldn’t be any surprise, at this point of the offseason, when rumors come circling about the uncertainty of Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees. There have been reports that GM Brian Cashman is not completely sold on A-Rod anchoring the "hot corner" next season, or the seasons after. 
 
The dilemma has left the Yankees brass to play cover up, through false confidence, while desperately searching for a solution. Now, because of the Rays extending Longoria, the answer won't be coming from Tampa Bay—currently or in the future. 
 
Tick-tock, tick-tock: A-Rod gets older and older, and the solutions dwindle; let's face it, there aren’t a whole lot of star-caliber infielders on the market.
 
What to do, New York...What to do?
Oct 18, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13) during batting practice before game four of the 2012 ALCS against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.  Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
 
The Yankees, as many would expect, will have their checkbook wide open as they search for infield answers to their aging problems. Will they get someone to fill the void? It's safe to say they will find a player willing to make the jump into pinstripes.
 
But the monetary efforts will not involve Evan Longoria, making his extension an absolute brilliant move.
 
Yes, he may decide to opt out at some point of his career—Tampa is far from solid—but at least now the Rays have guaranteed he won't be moving until after A-Rod is long gone. 
 
 
Without question, when considering the areas of need for their rivals in the AL East, the deal makes the Rays look like genies—predicting what the future will bring.

Or in this case, won't bring: Evan Longoria in a New York Yankees’ uniform, ever.  
 
 
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11/28/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

No facts here just opinions. 

11/28/12   |   This_is_Rick   |   265 respect

MortonsLaw wrote:
The Yankees are trying to reduce payroll. I have no idea where you read or heard the opposite. You are really reaching to write something with zero validity. 

Remember this: The Yankees' payroll cuts are more towards 2014, not next season. With that in mind, it's still the Yankees; they can spend when they please. The idea of protecting Longoria, or any player for that matter, doesn't mean protecting him tomorrow, or even next year. It's about keeping him away from rival teams as their roster's age. It's common sense backed by writers—well more established than me—such as Jon Paul Morosi. So, I would ask you check the facts—you might have missed—before questioning the validity of anything.

11/28/12   |   This_is_Rick   |   265 respect

MortonsLaw wrote:
The Yankees are trying to reduce payroll. I have no idea where you read or heard the opposite. You are really reaching to write something with zero validity. 

Thanks for the feedback, MortonsLaw.

11/28/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

The Yankees are trying to reduce payroll. I have no idea where you read or heard the opposite. You are really reaching to write something with zero validity.