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Evan Longoria, Rays agree to 10-year contract

Longoria's deal adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million to his existing contract.

November 26, 2012|Staff and wire reports
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Evan Longoria says he wants to be with the Tampa Bay Rays for his entire big league career.

The slugging third baseman got his wish Monday when he and the Rays agreed to a $136.6-million, 10-year contract that adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million.

"I always wanted to be kind of a benchmark player … the guy that you could think about or associate with the organization," Longoria said. "My goal from day one was to be the first player that played their whole career here, to be the first guy that came into the organization and went out in the organization, and played all the years in between. There's no better place for me."

The agreement with the three-time All-Star incorporates the remainder of the 27-year-old's existing contract, which called for him to earn $36.6 million over the next four seasons. The new deal includes a team option for 2023 that could make the deal worth $144.6 million over 11 years.

Longoria said a no-trade provision is not included in the deal, although after 2017 he would have a right to block trades as a 10-year veteran who spent his last five years with the same team.

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A full postseason share for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants was worth a record $377,003, breaking the mark that had stood since 2006, when the St. Louis Cardinals won the Series.

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The Boston Red Sox agreed to terms with outfielder Jonny Gomes on a two-year contract that would reportedly pay him $10 million.

The Red Sox have not announced the deal. But a baseball official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because Gomes had yet to take his physical, said Monday that the terms were agreed to.

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Keane, Donovan named MLS all-stars

Galaxy forward Robbie Keane and midfielder Landon Donovan were named to Major League Soccer's First XI, the league's postseason all-star team.

Keane, playing his first full season in MLS, finished fourth in the league in scoring with 16 goals before adding five more in the playoffs. Keane also fueled the Galaxy's second-half run to a postseason berth by recording a goal or an assist in 15 of the team's final 19 games.

Donovan, who was named to his fifth consecutive First XI, was second in the league with 14 assists in only 26 games this season. That's the second-highest single-season total in his stellar MLS career and it made him the second player in league history to record 100 goals and 100 assists.

—Kevin Baxter

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IOC President Jacques Rogge supports proposals to double the length of doping bans to four years as a way of keeping drug cheats out of the Olympics.

The World Anti-Doping Agency is planning to raise the penalty from two to four years for serious drug violations in the next version of the global anti-doping code, which comes up for approval next year and goes into effect in 2015.

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