The Tampa Bay Rays were the laughing stock of the MLB ten years ago. Now, just 15 years into their existence, the Rays have become an example of how a team can grow through young players and that wave was lead by third baseman Evan Longoria. The Rays have rewarded their star with a six-year, $100 million extension that keeps him in Tampa though the 2023 season.
The Rays called it the best Cyber Monday deal money can buy as the new deal incorporates Longoria’s existing deal that ran through the 2013-16 seasons and now tacks on another six years making Longoria’s original deal signed in 2008 worth around 15 years.
So, it’s the best Cyber Monday deal ever–Rays sign @evan3longoria to contract extension that could keep him with the team until 2023!
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) November 26, 2012
Since coming up with the Rays in 2008, Longoria has without a doubt been the first superstar of the Rays franchise. He helped lead them to a World Series appearance and numerous playoff trips making the All-Star game in his first three seasons in the Majors. There were some fears that the Rays would not be able to afford keeping Longoria in Tampa, but those fears have been put to rest with the massive extension the club has handed Longoria.
Keeping him in Tampa means that not only will the Rays be competitive for the next ten years, but they’ll have a face of the franchise for the foreseeable future, something you would have never thought Tampa would have now ten years ago.