The Rays have announced a contract extension for Evan Longoria that will keep him with the Rays through at least the 2022 season. The six-year extension is worth $100 million and will be added on to his existing contract and includes an option for 2023.
The total value of Longoria’s contract is now $136 million over the next ten years and will incorporate the three option years on Longoria’s current deal (2014-16). If the option is picked up in 2023, it means Longoria will not become a free agent until he is 38.
Longoria’s original contract (9 years, $44.5M), signed shortly after being promoted to the big leagues, has long been considered the worst in baseball (or best depending on your point of view). And this extension, with four years remaining on that deal may be a sign that the Rays were willing to reward Longoria for accepting that original deal.
As part of the contract, Longoria will donate $1 million over the life of the contract to the Rays baseball foundation.