5 Deals That Make Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria Signing Look Affordable

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5 Deals That Make Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria Signing Look Affordable
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Longoria is the face of the Rays.

Evan Longoria signed a contract extension last month that could keep the third baseman in a Tampa Bay Rays uniform for the remainder of his career. It was more money than the team has ever invested in a single player (beating Longoria's former contract and pitcher Wilson Alvarez’s five-year, $35 million pact signed in 1998), but was downright affordable when compared to some other long-term contracts around baseball.

According to the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin, Longoria’s extension added six years and $100 million to his current contract, meaning he is signed for the next 10 years for a total of $136.6 million.

Longoria’s new deal incrementally increases his salary each season through the 2022 season, when he is slated to make $19.5 million. He has a team option for $13 million plus incentives in 2023, when he will be 37, or he can be bought out in that final year for $5 million.

Longoria has been one of the most productive third baseman in baseball during his five-year career. He has 162-game averages of a .276 batting average with 33 home runs and 116 RBI. He is also a great defender, having already won two Gold Gloves.

Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan believes that in terms of value, Longoria’s extension is now the most team-friendly contract in baseball. The signing was a coup for the Rays, who annually operate with one of the lowest payrolls in baseball.

Stevetheump.com (stats obtained from the Associated Press) shows that Tampa Bay has been in the bottom half of all MLB teams in payroll every season for the past decade.

In the competitive market for premium players, the Rays did very well to essentially land Longoria for the remainder of his career at what is likely a fraction of what the cost would be if they ever let him become a free agent.

Click through to see what five current contracts make Longoria’s extension look downright affordable. 

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