Both Sides Gamble in Longoria's Deal

Both Sides Gamble in Longoria's Deal

Monday was a good day for the Tampa Bay Rays. They signed Evan Longoria, the best player in franchise history, to a deal that could keep him in Tampa Bay through 2023.

The news, however, was as stunning as it was welcoming.

The Rays are a franchise that counts pennies, while Longoria is passing up a chance to sell his services to the highest bidder someday on the open market. In the end, both the Rays and Longoria are taking major risks on this $100 million contract extension.

Here's a look at the risks taken by the Rays and Longoria and whether it's all worth it.

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