No, I'm not joking. Evan Longoria and the Rays agreed to a 9-year deal today. The deal buys out all of his arbitration years at a guaranteed $17.5 million and then there are three team option years with the potential maximum value of the entire contract at $44 million.
This is a nutso trend.
The Mariners would be wise to stop pussyfooting around and get Felix locked up as soon as possible.