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Evan Longoria was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays with the 3rd pick of the 2006 amateur player draft out of Cal-State Long Beach. Rays fans knew as soon as they heard about this kid that he was going to be great. After spending two years in the minor leagues, Longoria hit a combined .301/.386/.534 with 44 home runs and 144 RBI, all before his 22nd birthday. Knowing what they had on their hands, with a team that they felt confident with, Andrew Friedman knew that he had to call up Longoria if the team was going to contend. Within one week of being called up, the Rays locked Longoria up to the longest contract in team history with a nine year $44 million deal.  Clearly the Rays had a lot of confidence in Longoria, as they were not afraid to make this large of a commitment to a player with ...

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