4.19.2008

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.

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6 comments:

Megs said...

Hot.

Katie said...

Ditto.

Sooze said...

Thirded.

Bassmaster said...

That's a pretty hefty contract for 6 days of big league service.

Sky said...

The down-side is obvious -- $17.5MM for zero performance. But how about the upside. You get a guy who could be worth $15-$20MM (in today's money) for about $7.5MM per season through his three arbitration years and first three free agent years. That's almost $50MM in savings. Is it 2.5 times more like that Longoria flames out than he becomes an All-Star? I doubt it. If they waited a year to kick the tires, the price would go up.

Anonymous said...

Yummy! Who cares if he can play baseball! Just Kidding!
Nicole

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