"One of the challenges we'll have is figuring out how to take the next step for our organization," Sternberg said.
Tampa Bay and Longoria had brief, preliminary contract talks before the season began and resumed discussions after the season ended.
"We kind of tried to find a middle ground to where we would able to do some things to be able to afford some players to put ourselves in a position to win every year," Longoria said. "And I told them from the beginning that I didn't want to be the one sucking up all the payroll so we can't afford anybody else."
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