Oh to be young and rich. Evan Longoria rich. To have your current contract reworked and to be blended in with the new contract…must be nice. Crazy rich kind of nice. Evan longoria has many reasons to be smiling after agreeing to a new contract that will carry him well into his mid to late 30’s.The deal is a $136.6 million, 10-year contract that adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million.
”I always wanted to be kind of a benchmark player … the guy that you could think about or associate with the organization,” Longoria said. ”My goal from Day One was to be the first player that played their whole career here, to be the first guy that came into the organization and went out in the organization, and played all the years in between. There’s no better place for me.”
The Rays were also very happy to make this deal happy because in their words:
”It’s a very exciting day for us,” Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said. ”For Evan to have the confidence in us, and I know the confidence that we have in him, to re-up so to speak for the long haul. This is just an enormous commitment for us.” A side benefit for having Longoria sign a deal like this helps the Rays in attracting more free agents with star power. This kind of deal will have a direct effect on the Mets negotations with star third baseman David Wright. Wright is only 2 years older than Longoria and still has his best years in frontof him. Will the Mets pay 10 years 136 million? Probably not but somewhere David Wright is definitely looking at those numbers for himself.