The Rays announced this morning they have signed third baseman Evan Longoria to a contract extension that could keep him in a Tampa Bay uniform through the 2023 season. The team will pick up the club options through 2016 and extend the contract through 2022 with an additional $100 million guaranteed. The team holds an option for 2023. "We drafted Evan in 2006 with the belief that he and the organization would grow with each other and together accomplish great things," Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said in a news release. "That is why the Rays and Evan signed a long-term contract in 2008, and it is why we are extending our commitments today. Evan has clearly become a cornerstone player and a fixture in our organization. We are proud of what we have accomplished these past seven years, and I expect the best is yet to come." The 27-year-old Longoria is clearly the most important player in the Rays' lineup, a true home run threat who brings Gold Glove defense to third base. "Evan has all of the attributes we seek in a player," said Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said in the news release. "His determination and work ethic inspire others around him. He is devoted to his craft and strives to improve himself every year, and he defines success in terms of team performance and achievement. It's exciting to know that Evan will be manning third base for the Rays for many years to come." Longoria missed 85 games in 2012 with partially torn left hamstring. The Rays were 41-44 with Longoria on the disabled list and 47-27 with him in the lineup. He underwent a minor procedure on his left hamstring Nov. 20 and is expected to be ready by spring training, according to the Rays.