But it begs the question - why didn't the Rays forcefully negotiate its way out of its less-than-ideal contract early for the sake of the team's bottom line and longevity?
While we're at it, why didn't the team ask Grant Balfour ($7.5M salary this year) for the same favor?
The Rays have no problem asking the City of St. Petersburg for similar concessions...
FOLLOW: Shadow of the Stadium on Twitter
FOLLOW: Shadow of the Stadium on Facebook