MISC — 26 November 2012

The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a massive deal with third baseman Evan Longoria in a new contract which sees him in Rays uniform thru 2022, adding six guaranteed seasons and $100 million.

This agreement does incorporate what remained on his existing contract, $36.6 million over four seasons.

Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg is extremely proud of the talented three-time All-Star, and he expressed in a statement his reasoning for the signing saying, “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. 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.”

This past 2012 season, Longoria played in just 74 games because of a partially torn left hamstring. He recently underwent a minor procedure to repair the injury and should be back in time for spring training.

During his absence, the Rays were 41-44. With him in the starting line-up they were  47-27.

Watch Evan Longoria remember the epic walk-off homer that put the Tampa Bay Rays into the 2011 post season, Game 162:

 

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