Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria agrees to a new contract
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Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria agrees to a new contract

St Petersburg : FL : USA | Nov 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM PST
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St. Petersburg Florida. Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft out of Long Beach State University has agreed to a new contract to remain with the team worth $100 million that runs through 2022.

Tampa Bays principal owner Stuart Steinberg said on Monday about Longoria agreement to remain with the team "We drafted Evan in 2006 with the belief he and the organization would grow with each other and together accomplish great things. That is why the Rays and Evan signed a long term contract in 2008, and it is why we are extending our commitments. Evan has already 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."

Rays executive president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said "Evan has all the attributes we seek in a player. 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 Evan will be manning third base for the Rays for many years to come.'

Barring any unseen circumstances Longoria will be one of the very few baseball players to play their entire careers with the team that hired them in the era of free agency.

News sources Houston Mitchell and Los Angeles Times.

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