Friday, April 18, 2008
6 Games is Plenty
I just saw that Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Tampa Bay Rays and Evan Longoria have agreed to a long term contract. The mega 3B prospect can not even become a free agent until after the 2013 season. I am sure that the Rays were hoping to keep him in AAA for another month or so to keep him under control for an extra year. Now that he is up, he isnít going down again. The Rays likely want to make sure that he remains with them through at least the 2014 season. So, we are probably talking about a deal of no fewer than six years and likely seven or even eight years. No financial terms are known yet, but it would likely be no less than $40-50 million. That is showing a lot of confidence in a player who has just six big league games under his belt.
UPDATE Ė Rosenthal has now updated his article to say that the deal is believed to be six year and $17 million with a couple of option years for his first two free agent seasons (at big money, Iím sure), plus some escalator clauses that can bring the guaranteed money up significantly. This is actually now a very good deal in my mind.
I canít help but wonder what the Twins executives think about this kind of thinking. Iím still thinking that they should be talking to Jason Kubelís agent right now about a four year deal. I think now might be the best time to lock up Francisco Liriano for awhile. What the heckÖ based on this, maybe the Twins should lock up their 2006 first round pick Chris Parmelee for awhile!