Evan Longoria wants to be with the Tampa Bay Rays for his entire big league career.
The slugging third baseman got his wish Monday when they Rays agreed to a $136.6 million, 10-year contract that adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million.
“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 One 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.”
The agreement with the three-time All-Star incorporates the remainder of the 27-year-old’s existing contract, which called for him to earn $36.6 million over the next four seasons.
The new deal includes a team option for 2023 that could make the deal worth $144.6 million over 11 years.
RED SOX: Agreed to terms with outfielder Jonny Gomes on a two-year contract that would reportedly pay him $10 million.
TRADE: The Oakland Athletics sent infielder Brandon Hicks to the New York Mets.
The 27-year-old was claimed off waivers from Atlanta on March 13.
BLUE JAYS: DeMarlo Hale is leaving the Baltimore Orioles to become bench coach for new Toronto manager John Gibbons.
YANKEES: Catcher Eli Whiteside agreed to a one-year contract with New York.
METS: Left-hander Tim Byrdak is remaining with New York, agreeing to a minor league contract.