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Old 04-18-2008, 01:18 PM   #1
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Longoria receives longest deal in team history

The whole controversy behind Evan Longoria's spring demotion is a thing of the past.

On Friday the Rays gave their rookie third baseman the longest deal in team history, six years with a potential to be a nine-year contract.

Longoria will make a guaranteed $17 million over the first six years, and if the club options are picked up beyond that the value would be around $44 million.

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Interesting that they would do this. He is, as of yet, unproven. I'm not saying it is a bad deal for either side, but the guaranteed money could prove to be something bad for either side. Sort of like the Orioles signing Jay Gibbons to the contract they are still eating.
I feel he is a very good prospect, but needs to show he can handle major league pitching before I'd sign him to a contract this long.
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I really think this kid is the real deal. I'm very pleased with this signing. Now we just have to put a nice bow on CC.
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They really only bought out all of his "cheap" time, and his last arbitration year and first two years of free agency are covered by the option years. Sounds like a good signing for both sides, though. Maybe the Brewers will be watching, and do the same thing with Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Corey Hart, and/or Yovanni Gallardo. I'd be happy with any of them signing long-term.

I'd be nervous about Carl Crawford's slow start. He's been a slap hitter his whole career that is thinking he can be a home run hitter, so he's trying to pull the ball more. The same thing happened to Scott Podsednik in his 2nd year with Milwaukee a couple years ago, and it dropped his average tremendously. Pitchers will give him his 10 extra homers a year for 30-50 points off the BA.
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I would not be too terribly worried about Crawford's start. He has always been a slow starter. He only hit .267 with a .796 OPS during the month of April over the 3 previous seasons. The only timeframe Crawford hit below .295 over the past 3 years was March/April, so I would not worry much about it, he'll be hitting .300 before you know it.
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I don't get it... What's the point? Don't they have control over him for the next 5 or so years anyway?
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I don't get it... What's the point? Don't they have control over him for the next 5 or so years anyway?
Yeah, that's what I thought. The option years could be HUGE, however, if he turns out to have A-Rod-like talent, which alot of people think he could.
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I don't get it... What's the point? Don't they have control over him for the next 5 or so years anyway?
I think it's more of a signal to the local media down here. People have been beoching about it.
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I don't get it... What's the point? Don't they have control over him for the next 5 or so years anyway?
Yes, they do, in fact a player is not eligible for free agency until he has six years in. But if he is as awesome as everyone says he is his salary easily would have hit $7-10 mil or so after 4 seasons. An apt comparison would be Miguel Cabrera who made $7.4 mil in '07 and was due to make over $10 mil this year prior to signing his extension with the Tigers. That is $17 mil right there that Cabrera racked up his final two years of arbitration eligibility before signing his long term deal with the Tigers.

Basically the Rays are taking a calculated risk that Longoria is going to live up to the hype and end up being a $15-20 million per year guy when all is said and done and they are probably coming out ahead in the long run by paying him a bit more up front so they are not stuck paying him $8-10 mil per season over those last two years of the guaranteed deal.
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Yes, they do, in fact a player is not eligible for free agency until he has six years in. But if he is as awesome as everyone says he is his salary easily would have hit $7-10 mil or so after 4 seasons. An apt comparison would be Miguel Cabrera who made $7.4 mil in '07 and was due to make over $10 mil this year prior to signing his extension with the Tigers. That is $17 mil right there that Cabrera racked up his final two years of arbitration eligibility before signing his long term deal with the Tigers.

Basically the Rays are taking a calculated risk that Longoria is going to live up to the hype and end up being a $15-20 million per year guy when all is said and done and they are probably coming out ahead in the long run by paying him a bit more up front so they are not stuck paying him $8-10 mil per season over those last two years of the guaranteed deal.
Yep. They did the same thing with Shields and are trying to do with CC and Kazmir. But, their agents don't want them to sign a long term deal. Go figure?
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