Sunday, December 12, 2010
Longoria Says He Wants to Stay in Tampa Bay
Umm... what is Longoria thinking? I understand that there is something to be said for team loyalty. I also understand that there are worse locations than St. Petersburg, Florida. However, I still don't understand why Longoria would want to stay with the Rays. They might have blown their best chance to win this past season, as they don't have the money to keep a solid roster around. They always seem to have great prospects, but except for Longoria the lack of money has meant that Rays' management hasn't been able to keep good players around. The Rays still have some good pieces for next season: David Price, Matt Garza, Jeremy Hellickson, Desmond Jennings and BJ Upton. Longoria is also a perfect player to build around. He has been an all-star in each of his three seasons and is signed through 2013. However, the Rays will have to convince more players to take pay cuts in order to stay in Tampa long-term. My guess, the Rays are an average team this upcoming season, more players leave and they will need to rebuild through the draft again. I'd also bet on the fact that Longoria won't end his career in Tampa Bay.