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Will the Baltimore Orioles Put a Longoria with Their Super-Stud in Matt Weiters?

Published by on May 30, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Apr. 19, 2008.

The most important date in Tampa Bay Rays franchise history.

Six games into his major-league career, in what came as a hasty, surprise move to many, the Tampa Bay Rays smartly locked up the 22 year old, perennial All-Star-in-waiting Evan Longoria to a very manageable, market-friendly six-year deal worth $17.5 million with incentives that could raise the deal to nine years and $44.5 million.

I'd never seen anything like it before. $19 million guaranteed to a player who literally had played just over a week and a handful of games against premier competition.

Many people criticized the move, calling the shrewed actions of a small-market franchise into question over t...

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