Rays Hook Up Evan Longoria
After playing in just six major league games, Tampa Bay Rays rookie third baseman Evan Longoria agreed to a $17.5 million, six-year contract on Friday. Including performance bonuses and extensions, the deal could be worth up to $44.5 million over nine seasons.
"I’m pretty much set for life," he said.
Taken third overall in the 2006 amateur draft, the 22-year-old stud was called up from the AAA Durham Bulls last Saturday to make his big league debut, and has 7 hits, a homer and 4 RBIs for a .304 average.
I generally like to test drive a car before I buy it, but that's just me. The Rays are all about long-term commitments with little to no notice.
In other Tampa Bay news, the club claimed first baseman Dan Johnson off waivers from Oakland Athletics Friday. Johnson hit .236 with 18 homers and 62 RBIs in his first full major league season last year with the A's.