The Rays have made a habit of consistently turning over veteran players, but the organization isn’t interested in going down that road with third baseman Evan Longoria, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Longoria, 31, is just beginning his six-year, $100 million contract extension which was signed in November 2012. After a couple of lackluster seasons in 2014-15, Longoria bounced back with a .273/.318/.521 triple-slash line along with 36 home runs and 98 RBI in 685 plate appearances this past season. He’s been fortunate enough to avoid the injury bug, playing in at least 160 games in four consecutive seasons.
The Rays are expected to take offers on other players, including starters Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi. They have needs at catcher, in left field, and in the bullpen and they’re expected to address those via trade rather than free agency.