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Longoria gets six more years, $100M

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has agreed to a new contract through 2022 that adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million.

The agreement announced Monday with the three-time All-Star incorporates the remainder of the 27-year-old's existing contract, which called for him to earn about $36.5 million over the next four seasons. The new deal includes a team option for 2023.

Just six games into his major league career, Longoria agreed in April 2008 to a $17.5 million, six-year contract that included club options that could make the deal worth $44 million over nine seasons.

"I always wanted to be kind of a benchmark player... the guy that you could think about or associate with the organization," Longoria said. "My goal from Day 1 was to be the first player that played their whole career here, to be the first guy that came into the organization and went out in the organization and played all the years in between. There's no better place for me."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 27, 2012 D4

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