Remember when we speculated that Evan Longoria’s super-duper-awesome contract could come back to haunt the Rays? And remember how you guys all thought we were crazy?

Maybe we weren’t so crazy after all. Longoria dropped his first hint that he wouldn’t mind seeing the remaining years on his contract ripped up.

Longoria told Marc Topkin of The St. Pete Times that he would be open to discussing a contract extension that would keep him with the Rays for the rest of his career. Longoria added that he would be interested in a deal similar to what his college teammate, Troy Tulowitzki, signed with the Rockies.

Tulowitzki recently signed a ten-year, $157.8 million contract. If the Rockies pick up the 2021 club option, the deal will keep Tulowitzki in a Rockies uniform for the first 15 years of his career, through age 36.

2011 will be the fourth year of Longoria’s six-year, $17.5 million extension that he signed shortly after being promoted to the major leagues. The contract also has team options for 2014, 2015 and 2016 at very reasonable prices. Those options make the total value of the contract, $47.5 million over nine years.

Longoria’s deal would keep him in a Rays uniform for the first nine years of his career, through age 30.

Don’t underestimate the power of seeing teammates, friends and lesser players making more money.

Have you ever said you would play baseball for free? Maybe you would, for a little while. But eventually you would see how much money everybody else is making, and you will want your fair share.

Longoria might be getting the itch for his fair share.

 
 

13 Comments

  1. a.j. says:

    What would this new contract look like? Obviously, it’d be an extension on this contract…so maybe a 7-year extension worth $150 million? I mean, we’re talking about a guy who hits around 30 HR, hits near .300, 100+ RBI, and gold glove defense! That may still be a bargain!

  2. Jacob says:

    I don’t think there is any reason for the Rays to rush. He is still under contract for 6 more years unlike Tulo who only had 3 years left on his current deal. If I were the Rays I would start talking to his agent and try to work something out by next winter, maybe 6-years about $110-120 million with the extension starting in 2017 and lasting till 2022 when he will be 36.

    • Cork Gaines says:

      I agree there is no reason to rush. But unless they are offering Longoria more money for the next six years, there is little reason for him to sign the extension. Hitters rarely have career-ending injuries and there is no reason to think he wont continue to be at least this good for the foreseeable future. Otherwise, why wouldn’t Longoria just wait when until his value will be even higher in 6 years.

    • Sarah says:

      Of course there’s no rush. But perhaps management could make the fans feel a tad less crushed as we watch the stars we’ve been rooting for over the last few years leave if at least they were making noises that they would work with Longo to keep him here.

    • MJ says:

      Agreed. The Rays put themselves out there when they inked this deal after his, what, 15th game? Why would they want to wipe out one of the shrewdest moves of recent memory? This likely won’t become a real problem for at least a couple more years. It is nice to hear he would be open to staying here long term though.

  3. Rob says:

    Yawn…slow news day.

  4. phil says:

    i think the front office should work on trying to get improved and new revenue streams so we can afford to keep good players …i am sure they are…with Matt Moore/ this years draft and next years draft and the first year players who played in 2010 there are a ton of quality players that are just going to leave when they become free agents ….

  5. Sarah says:

    And PS Cork — I still think the idea that the contract will come back to “haunt” the Rays is nuts. They got a great deal for the team. They can choose to renegotiate and make it a better deal for Evan to keep him longer. Whether they stick to this contract or replace it with a new one, it still doesn’t “haunt” them.

  6. Don says:

    Longo got more money than any signee got since…who ever…
    Make him ride it out ….he is NOT C Crawford…in 2016 he won’t be here or contracts will be much lower if baseball gets in trouble…anyway eat it…. Longo you got your money!

  7. Namirsolo says:

    I don’t know how you could take this as bad news. He outright said he wants to play for Tampa for the rest of his career. To me, this is great news. He’s saying he’d take the discount that CC wouldn’t. I just hope he feels this way after he’s 32 and has never gotten a ring.

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