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Evan Longoria is now a Ray for life after signing an extension through 2022. We've put up our coverage of it, but here are some reactions to the deal from around the web:
Dave Cameron of FanGraphs: "It’s good for the organizations, good for the players, and great for the game as a whole."
David Schoenfield of ESPN: "Even in 2016, Longoria will make just $11.5 million (or $14 million depending on MVP voting results). At either salary, it projects as a bargain for a potential MVP candidate."
Jeff Passan of Yahoo!: "If revenue grows, he stays. If it doesn't, he's a chip, just like everyone else, just like it's always been for the winning Rays. Amid all the lowest-revenue teams, and maybe among all teams period, they get how to do business these days, how to draft, develop and deal."
RJ Anderson of Baseball Prospectus: "The Rays couldn’t bring themselves to pass up the chance to lock down Longoria, potentially through his age-37 season, at a reduced rate compared to other extensions-on-top-of-extensions: Ryan Braun signed for five years and $105 million in 2011; Longoria’s former collegiate teammate Troy Tulowitzki signed a 10-year, $160 million pact months earlier. Longoria’s deal is cheaper than both—in fact, he will not make more than $12 million in a season until 2017 at the earliest."
Everyone that I've seen has written about it in a positive light. They understand the risks but agree that it's one worth taking.
If you haven't seen them yet, the yearly break down of his contract is below, via Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:
2016: $12.1-million (increased from $11.5-million)
New deal (guaranteed)
$1-million signing bonus
2023: Team option - $5-million buyout or $13-million plus incentives.
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