Evan Longoria gets an extra $100 million and 6 years on his Tampa Bay contract | Baseball
Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a $136.6 million, 10-year contract that adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million to the third baseman's existing deal.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Evan Longoria wants to be with the Tampa Bay Rays for his entire big-league career.
The slugging third baseman seemingly got his wish Monday when the Rays agreed to a $136.6 million, 10-year contract that adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million to his existing deal.
"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 agreement with the three-time All-Star incorporates the remainder of the 27-year-old's existing contract, which called for him to earn $36.6 million over the next four seasons. The new deal includes a team option for 2023 that could make it worth $144.6 million over 11 years.
"It's a very exciting day for us," 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."
Longoria said a no-trade provision is not part of the contract, although after the second day of the 2018 season he could block trades as a 10-year veteran who spent his last five years with the same team.
His new deal calls for a $5,000,180 signing bonus — the $180 is for good luck. Of the signing bonus, $1,000,180 is new money payable Dec. 15 and the rest is two $2 million payments on Feb. 15 and June 14. His 2013 salary is reduced from $6 million to $2 million.
Longoria's salaries remain $7.5 million for 2014, $11 million for 2015 and $12.1 million for 2016. The new deal adds salaries of $13 million for 2017, $13.5 million for 2018, $14.5 million for 2019, $15 million for 2020, $18.5 million for 2021 and $19.5 million for 2022.
Tampa Bay holds a $13 million option for 2023 with a $5 million buyout, and escalators could raise the option price to $18 million.
Longoria is the seventh player in the major leagues who has a contract guaranteed through at least 2020.
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