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Longoria's deal with Rays could be worth up to $44 million

Updated: April 19, 2008, 12:53 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rookie third baseman Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays agreed Friday to a $17.5 million, six-year contract, a deal that could be worth up to $44.5 million over nine seasons.

Taken third overall in the 2006 amateur draft, Longoria appeared in just six major league game before agreeing to the deal. If he isn't sent down to the minors again, he would be guaranteed $19 million.

"First of all, I like being here," Longoria said. "It's an enjoyable place ...

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