November 26, 2012
Rays Go Longer On Longo
Re-signed 3B-R Evan Longoria to a six-year contract extension worth $100 million, beginning in 2017, with a club option for the 2023 season. [11/26]
The best story about Longoria’s first extension involves Eric Hinske. Legend has it that Hinske, who signed his own team-friendly extension early in his career, advised Longoria not to “pass up the chance to make your first fortune.” Word has yet to arise on whether Andrew Friedman flew Hinske, now a free agent, into town to talk to Longoria about making his second fortune. At any rate, Longoria has agreed to trade earning potential in exchange for security.
There is a considerable amount of risk involved anytime a team signs a player for another decade. Attrition and injuries happen to the best of them. Longoria knows this as well as anyone. He missed more than three months last season thanks to a bum hamstring. Just last week Longoria underwent a minor surgery on that hamstring. In the past, the man called “El Pingo” by locals has made two other trips to the disabled list: once in 2011 because of an oblique strain, and another time in 2008 because of a fractured ulna bone in his right wrist. Factor in offseason surgery last year, to correct his Morton’s neuroma, and Longoria and the team doctor are on a first-name basis.