Longoria agrees to deal adding $100 million
Longoria will rehab the leg during the winter and will not participate in next year’s World Baseball Classic.
Tampa Bay was 41-44 during Longoria’s absence, and 47-27 with him in the starting lineup.
The two-time AL Gold Glove winner and 2008 AL Rookie of the Year ranks second on the Rays career list with 130 home runs, third with 456 RBIs and fourth with 161 doubles. Longoria is one of 11 active players to average at least 25 homers and 90 RBIs during his first five seasons.
Longoria will donate more than $1 million during the contract to the Rays Baseball Foundation, the team’s charitable foundation.
Sternberg said this deal does not rule out the possibility of signing other Tampa Bay players to mulityear contracts, such as AL Cy Young Award winner David Price. The Rays were at the bottom of the big leagues in home attendance this year.
“One of the challenges we’ll have is figuring out how to take the next step for our organization,” Sternberg said.
Tampa Bay and Longoria had brief, preliminary contract talks before the season began and resumed discussions after the season ended.
“We kind of tried to find a middle ground to where we would able to do some things to be able to afford some players to put ourselves in a position to win every year,” Longoria said. “And I told them from the beginning that I didn’t want to be the one sucking up all the payroll so we can’t afford anybody else.”