It looks as though Andrew Friedman and the Tampa Bay Rays did some Black Friday shopping of their own over the holiday weekend. The Rays have extended the contract of All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria an extra six years for $100 million, retaining him through the 2022 season with a club option for 2023.
Longoria was already regarded as having the most team-friendly deal in baseball, his initial contract -- signed in 2008 -- keeping him in a Rays uniform through the 2016 season at just $47.5 million. His new extension will bring his contract to a grand total of $136 million over the next 10 years, with the new $100 million spread across the final six years of the deal.
Though the 27-year-old Longoria missed much of the 2012 season with a hamstring injury, he is still considered one of the best -- if not the best -- third basemen in the game. The 2008 AL Rookie of the Year and three-time All-Star is a career .271/.361/.516 hitter and has averaged 26 home runs and 91 RBI in his five big-league seasons.
A press conference officially announcing the deal is expected sometime Monday afternoon.