Evan Longoria expressed his displeasure at seeing Logan Forsythe get traded last week. This leads us to wonder who will be the next member of the Tampa Bay Rays to get a long term deal?
Since Evan Longoria came to the Majors in 2008, he has seen quite a few players come and go with the Tampa Bay Rays. As those players have continued to play well, and get increasingly expensive, the Rays have been forced to send them elsewhere due to their economic circumstances. Understandably, it can wear on a player like Longoria, leading to his recation after Logan Forsythe was traded.
It is fair to wonder if Longoria has a point. Aside from those players eligible for arbitration, only he and Chris Archer have a contract through 2019. The Rays clubhouse is always changing, with the idea of a long term core being in place something that only seems like a dream at times.
Yet, that does not have to be the case. As they did with Longoria and Archer, the Rays may be able to find a way to sing a player to a long term deal. Of course, it likely involves getting them to agree to a contract before reaching arbitration, but the Rays have had success doing just that before.
Which players would be potential options for a long term extension, becoming a part of the next core for the Tampa Bay Rays? Let’s take a look at a few options.