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Rays Sign Third Baseman Evan Longoria to Contract Extension

Rick Yeatts/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though he was already locked up through the 2016 season, the Tampa Bay Rays decided they wanted to keep third baseman Evan Longoria around even longer. The team has signed Longoria to a six-year extension worth $100 million.

His new deal will take him through the 2022 season and will now make $136 million over the next 10 seasons. Longoria's new contract will presumably keep him in a Rays uniform until age 37.The team also has 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're extending our commitments today. Evan has clearly become a cornerstone player and a fixture in our organization."

Since making his MLB debut with the Rays back in 2008, Longoria has been one the faces of the franchise and arguably their most consistent offensive player when healthy.

In 74 games last season, Longoria hit .289 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI.

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