The Rays and Evan Longoria have agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract extension.
He has four years and $36 million left on his current deal, meaning the new contract keeps him under team control through 2022 and age 36.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Basically, think of it this way, he just locked in to a 10-year, $136 million deal.
Sure, that’s an average of $13 million a year, which seems low. But, he gets to stay with the city and team he loves, he gets his 2014, 2015 and 2016 options guaranteed, and (even if he ends up suffering a major injury or drop off in production) he’s guaranteed to be paid millions in his mid 30s. It may seem premature, but he and his family are now set for life, no questions asked.
What does this mean for David Wright? Not much. The six years and $100 million to Longoria doesn’t technically start until 2017, whereas Wright’s would need to start either this year or next winter. The only significance, I guess, is that it just happens to be the same two sets of numbers that the Mets offered to Wright, based on insiders that I’ve talked to. Also, it just happens to be the same two sets of numbers that Ryan Zimmerman technically agreed to, though his deal was added to an existing contract as well.
It doesn’t matter, though, because, while the Mets can point to Longoria’s six years and $100 million, Wright can point to Longoria’s 10 years. Plus, either way, Wright is under contract and can threaten to become a free agent one year from now, when he could easily get the seven-year, $140 million deal he is seeking. If I had to choose, I’d say Longoria’s deal helps Wright and hurts the Mets, simply because it probably got Wright thinking about what life might be like for him on the open market.