ST. PETERSBURG, Florida: The Tampa Bay Rays announced yesterday that third baseman Evan Longoria agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract extension.
Longoria was already under contract through 2016, so the new deal keeps him in Tampa through 2022. The Rays also have an option for 2023.
“We drafted Evan in 2006 with the belief that he and the organization would grow with each other and together accomplish great things,” Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement. “That is why the Rays and Evan signed a long-term contract in 2008, and it is why we are extending our commitments today. Evan has clearly 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.”
Longoria, 27, is a three-time All-Star and has two Gold Gloves. He was limited to 74 games last season because of a partially torn hamstring. He hit .289 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI.
He is expected to be 100 percent when spring training begins after having surgery on the hamstring last week.
AL Cy Young Award winner David Price congratulated his teammate via Twitter: “wow @Evan3Longoria we breaking bread over here my brotha...lol happy to see you get paid...I’m sure it feels great!!!” Price wrote.
Giants’ World Series share
a record $377,003
A full postseason share for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants was worth a record $377,003, breaking the mark that had stood since the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals.
In the first year of the expansion of the playoffs from eight teams to 10, the players’ pool was a record $65.36 million, Major League Baseball said yesterday. The previous mark of $59.1 million came in 2009.
The Giants split $23.5 million, voting 50 full shares, partial shares equivalent to another 11.1, and 12 cash awards. All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera, suspended for the final 45 games of the regular season and the division series, automatically received a full share without his teammates having to make a decision.
Under baseball’s joint drug agreement, he was eligible for his share because his suspension ended in time for him to be on the active roster for a majority of the Giants’ postseason games, even though San Francisco decided not to use him. Under Major League Rule 45, he gets a full share because he was with the team from June 1 on.
Cabrera, the All-Star game MVP, became a free agent last week and agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract with Toronto.
San Francisco’s full share was up from $323,170 for the 2011 champion Cardinals and $317,631 on the 2010 Giants.
A full share on the AL champion Tigers was worth $284,275, up from $251,516 for last year’s Texas Rangers.
The players’ pool included 50 percent of the gate receipts from the two wild card games, and 60 percent from the first three games of each division series and the first four games of each league championship series and the World Series.
Full shares were worth $122,558 for the Cardinals, $115,065 for the New York Yankees, $37,865 for the Cincinnati Reds, $37,045 for the Washington Nationals, $34,826 for the Baltimore Orioles, $34,325 for the Oakland Athletics, $19,609 for the Atlanta Braves and $16,999 for the Rangers.
Shares are split among the 10 postseason teams. In the past, they were divided among the eight playoff teams and the four second-place teams that failed to reach the postseason.