The team's got a pretty sweet offer lined up now if they choose to move to Tampa, only paying St. Pete $4M if they leave before the 2018 season, $3M/yr for the 2019-2022 seasons, and $2M/yr for the 2023-2026 seasons. That's significantly less than what other teams have paid to break their stadium contracts.
But everyone forgets the Rays are currently obligated to also play the 2027 season at Tropicana Field.
So I asked Mayor Kriseman last week why there was no compensation for the Rays reneging on playing that final season in St. Pete:
"The Rays were very clear they weren't going to be paying more," the mayor said.
Of course, the Rays also said they wouldn't re-re-re-negotiate their best offer to the city after it was rejected in December 2014. They then proceeded to re-negotiated the deal in March 2015...and then they re-negotiated it again in December 2015.
But, you know, other than that, we should totally believe everything MLB teams tell us.
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