The Rays announced earlier today that they have locked up third baseman Evan Longoria through at least 2022 with a six-year, $100 million extension. The new agreement incorporated his previous contract, which included club options from 2014-2016, and will guarantee him $133.6 million over the next 10 seasons.
Courtesy of Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, here is the year-by-year breakdown:
2013: $6 million
2014: $7.5 million
2015: $11 million
2016: $12.1 million (previous deal called for Longoria to make $11.5 million)
2017: $13 million
2018: $13.5 million
2019: $14.5 million
2020: $15 million
2021: $18.5 million
2022: $19.5 million
2023: $13 million club option (plus incentives) or a $5 million buyout
Longoria will also receive a $1 million signing bonus. The extension could take him through his age-37 season, so it potentially sets him up to be a member of the Rays for his entire career. While the new agreement doesn’t include a no-trade clause, he would be paid a $2 million “assignment bonus” if he is traded.
Joe Longo, the agent of Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich, said his client’s relationship with the Marlins is “irretrievably broken,” ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. He believes in the best interest of both Yelich and the Marlins to work out a trade before the start of spring training.
They have a plan. I respect that plan, but that plan shouldn’t include Christian at this point in his career. He’s in the middle of the best years of his career, and having him be part of a 100-loss season is not really where [we] want to see him going.
The relationship between player and team is irretrievably broken. It’s soured. He’s part of the old ownership regime. The new ownership regime needs to get new parts into this plan and move forward, and he needs to get on with his career where he’s got a chance to win. The big issue is him winning and winning now.
He loves the city of Miami. He loves the fans. He’s had nothing but a good experience in South Florida, and he feels sorry where they ended up. But I think having him report [to spring training] and attempting to include him moving forward is going to be uncomfortable for both sides. I don’t see how it’s going to work.
This certainly comes as no surprise considering the offseason the Marlins have had after installing new ownership, going from Jeffrey Loria to Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter. The club traded All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who hit 59 home runs last season, as well as Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna. As Crasnick notes, Yelich isn’t the only player to express disappointment with the Marlins’ current direction — J.T. Realmuto and Starlin Castro have as well.
Yelich, 26, signed a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension with the Marlins in March of 2015. Given his career performance, that’s a bargain of a contract, which is why more than a handful of teams have inquired with the Marlins about him this offseason. Yelich finished the past season with a .282/.369/.439 triple-slash line along with 18 home runs, 81 RBI, 100 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances.