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.