D-Backs insider Nick Piecoro offered some additional details on the deal.
“Longoria is guaranteed $4M. Could make another $1M in bonuses,” he tweeted.
Longoria is guaranteed $4M. Could make another $1M in bonuses. https://t.co/n4yMaQSqwm
— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) December 30, 2022
It’s a nice gamble for a team that finished 74-88 in 2022, but is one of the up-and-coming forces in the National League.
Arizona was the worst team in the league in 2021, with just 52 victories.
The 74 games they managed to win in 2022 represented a 22-win increase over the previous season, a sizable improvement that speaks volumes about the future of the franchise.
In terms of youth and talent, the team is well-positioned to make a run at the playoffs in 2023 or 2024.
Longoria, who had a .833 OPS in 2021 and a .767 mark in 2022, is ready to take over at third base for the snakes.
He is not exactly the poster boy for durability at this stage of his career and he is 37, but he still has plenty of thump left in his bat.