The Tampa Bay Rays announced Monday that third baseman Evan Longoria
agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract extension.
Longoria was already under contract through 2016, so the new deal keeps him in Tampa through 2022. The Rays also have an option for 2023.
"We drafted Evan in 2006 with the belief that he and the organization would grow with each other and together accomplish great things," Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement. "That is why the Rays and Evan signed a long-term contract in 2008, and it is why we are extending our commitments today. Evan has clearly become a cornerstone player and a fixture in our organization. We are proud of what we have accomplished these past seven years, and I expect the best is yet to come."
Longoria, 27, is a three-time All-Star and has two Gold Gloves. He was limited to 74 games last season because of a partially torn hamstring. He hit .289 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI.
He is expected to be 100 percent when spring training begins after having surgery on the hamstring last week.
---The Toronto Blue Jays announced Monday the hiring of bench coach DeMarlo Hale and Chad Mottola as their new hitting coach.
Hale left his job as the Baltimore Orioles third base coach to join Toronto.
Mottola, the fifth pick in the 1992 draft, played 16 seasons in the minors before working his way up the Blue Jays' minor league coaching chain. He was the hitting coach for the Class AAA affiliate in Las Vegas last season.
--The USA Baseball coaching staff that will work under manager Joe Torre in the 2013 World Baseball Classic was announced Monday.
Torre's staff for the U.S. team will include Larry Bowa (bench coach), Marcel Lachemann (bullpen/pitching coach), Greg Maddux (pitching coach), Dale Murphy (first base coach), Gerald Perry (hitting coach) and Willie Randolph (third base coach).
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