The Rays do not often venture into the free-agent market, but they have been aggressive signing their own players to long-term deals. Here are the 15 largest multiyear deals in team history, including how long the player stayed in Tampa Bay during the contract and how much of the deal was paid by the Rays.
Player, Date, Original deal, Rays’ portion
Wander Franco, 11/21, 11-year $182M, TBD
Evan Longoria, 11/12, 6-year $100M, 1 year $27.5M *
Kevin Kiermaier, 3/17, 6-year $53.5M, Full contract **
Blake Snell, 3/19, 5-year $50M, 2 years $11M
Evan Longoria, 4/08, 9-year $44.5M, Full contract
Chris Archer, 4/14, 8-year $43.75M, 4+ years $13M
James Shields, 1/08, 7-year $40.5M, 5 years $16.5M
Wilson Alvarez, 12/97, 5-year $35M, Full contract
Greg Vaughn, 12/99, 4-year $34M, Full contract
Carl Crawford, 4/05, 6-year $31M, Full contract
Tyler Glasnow, 8/22, 2-year $30.35M, TBD
Charlie Morton, 12/18, 2-year $30M, Full contract **
Ben Zobrist, 4/10, 5-year $29.5M, 4 years $22M
Scott Kazmir, 5/08, 4-year $28.5M, 1 year $6M
Matt Moore, 12/11, 7-year $27.5M, 4+ years $9M
* Includes portion of contract paid by Rays while Longoria was in San Francisco.
** Does not include team option that was declined.
Cot’s baseball contracts, MLB Spotrac and other news sources were used for contract figures.
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