Hmm. Maybe they want to go really young? So pick up a bunch of guys that they're going to trade off for prospects and futures and really do the expansion thing from the ground up? But he just doesn't have interesting inventory - Gourde, sure, but after that, how much is he going to get for Gio, McCann, Dunn, etc.?
I was told Zack would take a hometown discount because all that filthy Toronto endorsement money would make up the diff.
Also keep in mind his family is already super rich. With Toronto having offered him an 8 year deal, I'm confident this was about no movement clauses.