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The longest-tenured player on each MLB team

@AndrewSimonMLB
March 11, 2019

Major League rosters churn quickly, and continuity is rare. That makes it notable when a player sticks with one franchise for a long time, or even his whole career, bridging a gap from one generation to the next. With that in mind, here is a look at the longest-tenured current

Major League rosters churn quickly, and continuity is rare.

That makes it notable when a player sticks with one franchise for a long time, or even his whole career, bridging a gap from one generation to the next.

With that in mind, here is a look at the longest-tenured current player for each of the 30 teams, although some have been wearing the same uniform for much more time than others.

These selections are based on the number of seasons in which that player has appeared with that team in the Majors -- even if for only one game. It does not require that the player has been with the club for his entire career.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Kevin Pillar
Season with team in 2019:
Seventh
Date of team debut: Aug. 14, 2013
Toronto turned a 32nd-round Draft pick out of Cal State Dominguez Hills into a player going into his fifth year as the starting center fielder.

Orioles: Chris Davis
Season with team in 2019:
Ninth
Date of team debut: July 31, 2011
This assumes free agents Adam Jones (11 seasons) and Chris Tillman (10 seasons) don't come back. Originally acquired from Texas, Davis re-signed before the 2016 season to a deal that runs through '22. He is looking to bounce back after a miserable '18 campaign.

Rays: Kevin Kiermaier
Season with team in 2019:
Seventh
Date of team debut: Sept. 30, 2013
Last offseason's Evan Longoria trade was the end of an era in Tampa Bay. Kiermaier, a 31st-round pick in 2010, made his MLB debut as a ninth-inning defensive replacement in the Rays' Game 163 tiebreaker win over the Rangers in 2013, which sent them on the AL Wild Card Game.

Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia
Season with team in 2019:
14th
Date of team debut: Aug. 22, 2006
The 2007 AL Rookie of the Year and '08 AL MVP Award winner -- who is signed through '21 -- is trying to return from a knee injury that limited him to three games last year. Only Bobby Doerr has started more games for the Sox at second base.

Yankees: Brett Gardner
Season with team in 2019:
12th
Date of team debut: June 30, 2008
While New York declined Gardner's 2019 option, it re-signed the veteran outfielder to a one-year deal. Drafted by the Yankees way back in 2005, Gardner has one more year of service in the Bronx than CC Sabathia.

AL CENTRAL

Indians: Carlos Carrasco
Season with team in 2019:
10th
Date of team debut: Sept. 1, 2009
Carrasco actually lost a season (2012) due to Tommy John surgery but still ranks just ahead of Jason Kipnis and Corey Kluber, following the departures of Michael Brantley (10 seasons) and Josh Tomlin (nine).

Royals: Alex Gordon
Season with team in 2019:
13th
Date of team debut: April 2, 2007
The second overall pick in the 2005 Draft, Gordon has gone through some tough times in Kansas City but also helped bring the city a World Series championship in '15. The new contract he signed after that runs out after this season, though there is a mutual option for '20.

Tigers: Miguel Cabrera
Season with team in 2019:
12th
Date of team debut: March 31, 2008
A two-time AL MVP Award winner with Detroit after his trade from Miami, Cabrera signed an extension that runs through at least 2023 and could leave him as one of the seven longest-tenured Tigers of all time. However, injuries limited him to just 38 games last year.

Twins: Kyle Gibson
Season with team in 2019:
Seventh
Date of team debut: June 29, 2013
Joe Mauer's retirement after 15 seasons brought the end of an era in Minnesota, and Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar are gone, too. That leaves Gibson, a first-round pick in 2009 who now has one season of club control remaining.

White Sox: Nate Jones
Season with team in 2019:
Eighth
Date of team debut: April 8, 2012
The reliever has been part of the organization since the 2007 Draft, but his big league career has been interrupted by injuries that have held him to an average of 39 appearances per season.

AL WEST

Angels: Mike Trout
Season with team in 2019:
Ninth
Date of team debut: July 8, 2011
It's been that long already? Then again, there aren't many categories that don't feature Trout at the top.

Astros: Jose Altuve
Season with team in 2019:
Ninth
Date of team debut: July 20, 2011
As a 21-year-old in 2011, Altuve had a .654 OPS. He's come a long way since then, including signing a contract extension that runs through the '24 season.

Athletics: Jerry Blevins
Season with team in 2019:
Eighth
Date of team debut: Sept. 16, 2007
The lefty gets an asterisk because he last pitched for the A's in 2013 and only recently re-signed on a Minor League deal. But continuity is not exactly a strong suit in Oakland. No current player has spent more than four consecutive seasons with the team. (Brett Anderson, who just signed a big league deal, will be on his seventh, non-consecutive, season).

Mariners: Felix Hernandez
Season with team in 2019:
15th
Date of team debut: Aug. 4, 2005
King Felix was a teenager when he made his debut, and he's been tied to Seattle ever since. But his days could be numbered, with this the last guaranteed season remaining on his contract.

Rangers: Elvis Andrus
Season with team in 2019:
11th
Date of team debut: April 6, 2009
Originally signed by the Braves out of Venezuela in 2005, Andrus came to Texas in the Mark Teixeira trade two years later. He is signed through at least '22 and needs to play 348 more games to pass Michael Young as the franchise's all-time leader.

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: Freddie Freeman
Season with team in 2019:
10th
Date of team debut: Sept. 1, 2010
The franchise cornerstone is signed for three more seasons. Brian McCann also is back for his 10th season in Atlanta but he last played there in 2013.

Marlins: Martin Prado
Season with team in 2019:
Fifth
Date of team debut: April 6, 2015
J.T. Realmuto just became the latest to depart, so there aren't really any long-tenured Marlins. Prado, Adam Conley, Miguel Rojas and Jose Urena all are going into their fifth season with Miami, but Prado debuted first.

Mets: Jeurys Familia
Season with team in 2019:
Eighth
Date of team debut: Sept. 4, 2012
David Wright is done after playing in his 14th season, and Jose Reyes (12 seasons) is a free agent. Familia was traded to Oakland last July but returned on a three-year deal. If you're looking for players who never left, this would be season No. 7 in Queens for Travis d'Arnaud and Juan Lagares.

Nationals: Ryan Zimmerman
Season with team in 2019:
15th
Date of team debut: Sept. 1, 2005
Since moving to Washington in 2005, the Nats have not played a season without Zimmerman. Yet this could be the final year, as it seems unlikely the club would exercise Zimmerman's $18 million option for '20.

Phillies: Cesar Hernandez
Season with team in 2019:
Seventh
Date of team debut: May 29, 2013
Signed out of Venezuela in 2006, Hernandez first appeared in Philly seven years later and inherited the second-base job when Chase Utley was traded in '15.

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: Ryan Braun
Season with team in 2019:
13th
Date of team debut: May 25, 2007
The fifth-overall pick of the 2005 Draft, Braun was the NL Rookie of the Year two years later and the NL MVP Award winner in '11. The 35-year-old is at or near the top of just about every Brewers career offensive leaderboard and still has two guaranteed years left on his contract.

Cardinals: Yadier Molina
Season with team in 2019:
16th
Date of team debut: June 3, 2004
The nine-time Gold Glove Award-winning catcher and two-time World Series champ is currently the longest-tenured single-franchise player in the game. Molina, signed through 2020, was joined in '05 by Adam Wainwright, who also has been with St. Louis ever since.

Cubs: Anthony Rizzo
Season with team in 2019:
Eighth
Date of team debut: June 26, 2012
Rizzo's 2011 debut with the Padres fell flat, but he found his footing after a trade to Chicago, where he has helped lead a championship-winning renaissance.

Pirates: Starling Marte
Season with team in 2019:
Eighth
Date of team debut: July 26, 2012
In Marte's first full season, the Pirates made the postseason for the first time since 1992.

Reds: Joey Votto
Season with team in 2019:
13th
Date of team debut: Sept. 4, 2007
Homer Bailey debuted a few months before Votto but was traded this offseason and wound up in Kansas City. Votto likely isn't going anywhere for a while, as his contract runs through at least 2023.

NL WEST

D-backs: David Peralta
Season with team in 2019:
Sixth
Date of team debut: June 1, 2014
The D-backs recently have lost several longtime contributors, including Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock and Patrick Corbin. Peralta, Nick Ahmed, Andrew Chafin and Jake Lamb all debuted in 2014, but Peralta was first to the Majors and is under club control through the ’20 season. The outfielder is coming off a career year that included 30 home runs.

Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw
Season with team in 2019:
12th
Date of team debut: May 25, 2008
The three-time Cy Young Award-winning left-hander had the chance to opt out his contact and leave L.A. this offseason, but he and the club worked out a new three-year deal through 2021.

Giants: Madison Bumgarner
Season with team in 2019:
11th
Date of team debut: Sept. 8, 2009
Bengie Molina was behind the plate for Bumgarner's first start. Three days later, Buster Posey made his own debut. The two since have worked as a battery more than 200 times, including the postseason.

Padres: Robbie Erlin
Season with team in 2019:
Sixth
Date of team debut: April 30, 2013
Acquired from the Rangers in 2011, Erlin has only thrown 257 2/3 innings for San Diego. He missed all of '17 after having Tommy John surgery but came back strong last year.

Rockies: Charlie Blackmon
Season with team in 2019:
Ninth
Date of team debut: June 7, 2011
The departure of Carlos Gonzalez (10 seasons) means Blackmon is now on top. He didn't play a full season until 2014 but eventually earned an extension that could take him through the '23 season, including two player options.

Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB.