Friday, April 18, 2008
The Rays and rookie third baseman Evan Longoria have agreed to a six year contract worth 17.5 million dollars. Tamp Bay holds options that take the deal through 2016, netting him a possible 44 million dollars. Longoria, 22, is hitting .300 with 1 HR in six games this season.
Although he is still young and unproven, this deal allows the Rays to pay him a set price, and hold onto him for two years into free agency. This is obviously a good deal if he can stay healthy, but even if he struggles and doesn't live up to the All-Star hype, they still are not paying him that much. A solid deal for both sides.
With Cliff Floyd on the DL, the Rays claimed first baseman Dan Johnson off waivers from the Athletics.