Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has signed a $100 million contract with the Tampa Bay Rays that will keep him in town through 2022.
The team announced the signing Monday, which is a six-year extension of his current contract. There will also be a team option for 2023.
"We drafted Evan in 2006 with the belief that he and the organization would grow with each other and together accomplish great things,” said Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg in a news release. “That is why the Rays and Evan signed a long-term contract in 2008, and it is why we are extending our commitments today. Evan has clearly become a cornerstone player and a fixture in our organization. We are proud of what we have accomplished these past seven years, and I expect the best is yet to come.”
Shortly after the team announced Longoria's extension, teammate and 2012 Cy Young winner David Price congratulated Longoria on Twitter.
"Wow @Evan3Longoria we breaking bread over here my brotha...lol happy to see you get paid...I'm sure it feels great!!!"
“Evan has all of the attributes we seek in a player,” said Rays Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman in a news release. “His determination and work ethic inspire others around him. He is devoted to his craft and strives to improve himself every year, and he defines success in terms of team performance and achievement. It’s exciting to know that Evan will be manning third base for the Rays for many years to come.”