The New York Yankees weren't budging on their three-year, $24 million offer for Detroit Tigers second basemen Omar Infante, just like they wouldn't budge on their seven-year, $168 million offer for Robinson Cano.
Just like they saw Cano take more money to sign with the Seattle Mariners, Infante decided to take more money, as he signed a four-year, $30.25 million deal with the Kansas City Royals, as Buster Olney of ESPN reported on Friday night.
"Infante and the Royals have agreed to terms on that four-year deal mentioned before," he tweeted.
The Yankees put in their offer for Infante once Cano signed his 10-year, $240 million deal with the Mariners last week and were hoping to land Infante on the cheap, but the Royals coveted him even more and the Reds were interested in him as well; thus making it almost impossible that the Yankees would land him with better offers on the table.
Last week, it was the Yankees who outbid the Royals for Carlos Beltran, as the Royals went as high as three years for $40 million, but the Yankees went the extra mile and gave him the three-year, $45 million deal last Friday.
With Infante now off the market officially, it's not clear if the Yankees will revisit the possibility of landing Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds or if they will look at Stephen Drew of the Boston Red Sox despite his asking price being high. This past week, the Yankees rejected a deal that would have netted them Phillips in exchange for Brett Gardner because the Yankees are trying to land starting pitching in any deal for Gardner on the trade market.
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