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.