Why the Yankees should be concerned about the Yankees decision to terminate their deal with Tampa Bay tribune
The Tampa Bay Rays are closing in on a deal to keep the New York Yankees on the roster until after the 2019 season, according to multiple sources.
The Yankees, however, have not made a final decision on the deal, and will likely make one this week, according a source familiar with the situation.
This move would likely be the final straw for Yankees fans.
They’ve been waiting for a long time for a new home, and they finally got it on Friday.
That’s why, for some, the move feels like an extension of the same old.
The Yankees signed Yoenis Cespedes to a $200 million contract in the offseason and signed David Phelps to a three-year, $55 million deal last winter.
The Yankees signed Ryan Hanigan to a four-year $50 million contract last summer.
And this year, they signed outfielder Brett Gardner to a six-year deal.
The move will surely upset the Yankees fans, as the Yankees will lose some key pieces to the free-agent market.
But the move is in line with what many expected the Yankees to do.
The Rays are not in the market for outfielders after trading for Wade Miley and agreeing to a deal with Jose Abreu.
They also are in no rush to sign a veteran to a long-term deal.
But the Yankees, who have struggled to put together a winning season and are one of the worst teams in baseball this season, were desperate to get a marquee player.
For the Rays, it could have been a huge bargain.
The Rays have been in the playoff race for years and have made several big moves in recent years, but it was hard to see them signing a player who was still under contract.
So the Yankees took a chance on a player with a track record of making big money.
They could have kept him for three more seasons and then signed a free agent to the contract.
This would have given the Yankees a huge boost in the standings, given the Rays are now the No. 4 seed in the AL East, with a two-game lead on the Red Sox.
The move would also have given them an added incentive to sign some of the biggest names in free agency, given how deep the free agent market has become.
The deal will pay out $22 million in 2019, $27 million in 2020 and $30 million in 2021.
The deal is subject to team approval.
The New York Daily News first reported the Yankees’ decision.