Friday, April 18, 2008

Longoria: 9 years, $44 million

Name a baseball player who has had a better week than Evan Longoria?

Major league debut.

First career home run.

Long-term mega contract.

Longoria concluded his first week in the big leagues by signing a nine-year contract that could be worth more than $44 million.

The first six years are guaranteed at $17.5 million.

The Rays hold a one-year option for 2014 and a two-year option for 2015 and 2016.

Not bad for a 22-year-old.
The Rays began talks with Longoria’s agent in spring training and agreed in principal April 11, which was the day Longoria received a text from one of the Rays informing him that Willy Aybar’s hamstring was becoming a problem.

Longoria was on a plane to Tampa that night and started Saturday night against Seattle.

One week later he's set financially for life.

Folks, that's your rookie of the month.

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