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Evan Longoria had minor foot surgery in November

Feb 12, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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From beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that Rays third baseman Evan Longoria underwent a minor surgical procedure in early November to help relieve “the occasionally painful Morton’s neuroma condition in his left foot.”

Longoria was able to resume workouts shortly after the surgery and is expected to be at 100 percent health when spring training opens for the Rays later this month in Charlotte County, Florida.

The 26-year-old posted a .244/.355/.495 batting line in 574 plate appearances last year for Tampa Bay, homering 31 times and driving in 99 runs. He should have no complications with the foot this season.

  1. stevesper88 - Feb 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    The Rays have this guy locked up in the best contract in baseball for a team to have. ARod’s dumps make more money than Longoria. More teams should follow this strategy of signing players to long term/little money contracts at a young age like Longoria and Matt Moore…small market team or not. Robby Cano should be in the midst of a 10 year 13 million dollar contract at this point.

    • Alex K - Feb 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      All teams would love to be able to sign players to contracts like Longoria’s, but the player has say in that, too. He did the club a huge favor to accept that contract.

      • hittfamily - Feb 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM

        Not really a huge favor. There is a lot of risk the player assumes making league minimum with no money guaranteed. At 24, he was offered a chance to be set for life, no matter how poorly he does or how injured he gets. Too many Kerry Woods, Mark Priors, Bob Hamelins, or his teammate Reid Brignac’s in the world to pass up his deal. Brignac wouldn’t have had the same deal as Longoria, but he was good enough to trade away all-star Jason Bartlett. 1 sub .500 OPS season later, he is begging for a league minimum MLB roster spot.

        The Rays assumed little risk, high reward.
        He assumed little risk, high reward.

        He will have to wait 8 years for a massive payday, rather than 6. Good deal all around.

      • Alex K - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:06 PM

        He did the team a huge favor. That doesn’t mean that they didn’t do him a huge favor, as well. This deal has worked out well for both parties (better for the Rays, however). Longoria is set for life and the Rays get a star player on the cheap.

      • hittfamily - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:30 PM

        Did Wade Davis do the Rays a huge favor too? He was a top prospect. How bout Pat Burrel, Friedman’s only multi year FA signing? Contracts are contracts. Some work out well, some not so much. I doubt a guy with 1 week of pro experience was looking out for a quarter billion dollar team that had never finished above .500 when he signed the deal. I’d rather think he was looking out for himself, as was his agent, as was the owner of the club who was cutting his checks. A 24 year old with a signing bonus in the bank doesn’t do decade long favors for billionaires.

        Longo now gets to travel the world in the offseason, as opposed to visit mom and dad.

      • Alex K - Feb 13, 2012 at 9:10 AM

        Why do you have a problem with the reasoning that they both did the other a huge favor by offering and accepting a very club friendly contract? The Rays thought Longoria was going to be a star. They offered him a contract very early in his MLB career. He accepted. This is a total win-win. If Longoria gets hurt or is a bust the Rays lose out on the deal, but it is not a huge amount of money. If Longoria becomes a star the Rays get a huge discount on a star player. How are they not both doing huge favors for each other? The Rays get the cost certainty they desire and Longoria gets a lot of money at a very early age. The Rays didn’t have to offer the contract so early and Longoria didn’t have to accept it.

        And, yes, it is a wonderful deal.

  2. Dave Barker - Feb 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    I guess as a right-handed batter he didn’t suffer greatly from this left foot problem in the batter’s box. But, hopefully this will improve the base running from last year. Speed numbers were down in 2011.

  3. Utley's Hair - Feb 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    The foot problem didn’t originate while he was jumping from that helicopter chasing his hat, did it?

    • hittfamily - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:32 PM

      awesome.

      Thank goodness he didn’t hurt his hand saving that sideline reporter from that foul ball.

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