The Yankees plan on trimming payroll in the near future, but their division rival to the (way) south handed their franchise player a six-year, $100M extension today. Evan Longoria’s new deal will (theoretically) keep him with the Rays through 2022 with an option for 2023, making him one of just five players signed into the next decade (Joey Votto, Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki, and Albert Pujols are the others). Next year was the final guaranteed year on Longoria’s contract, but Tampa did hold options for 2014-2016. He certainly could have gotten more on the open market, but he wasn’t due to become a free agent anytime soon. Taking the guaranteed $100M is a pretty smart idea since there’s at least some chance he could turn into Eric Chavez. Fun fact: Longoria has played in the exact same number of games as Alex Rodriguez over the last three years (358).
Anyway, here is your open thread for the night. The Knicks and Nets are playing (each other!), plus the Monday Night Football game is the Panthers at the Eagles. Yuck. Talk about either game or anything else here.