Immediately after Tampa Bay announced their nine-year agreement with rookie Evan Longoria, my keeper league franchise, The Flaming Moes, announced that it also plans to retain the third baseman's services beyond the current season.
The 22-year-old Longoria is a $14 player this year. He'll be $19 in 2009, and probably $24 in 2010. It won't make sense to keep him any longer than that, given the league's salary structure.
Longoria can earn as much as $44,000,057 over the life of the agreements with both the Rays and Moes. Of that total, $17.5 million is guaranteed. And $57 is imaginary.
"We're excited to own the statistics that will be associated with Evan over the next three seasons," said the Moes' managing general partner, to himself.