Why is the Toronto Maple Leafs making a deal with a major league team?

The Toronto Maple Leaf organization and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a two-year contract extension, and it will include a salary cap hit of $4 million for the 2019-20 season, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported on Monday.

Friedman also reported that the Blue Jays and Maple Leafs are in advanced talks on a long-term extension, as well. 

In a press conference following the deal, Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said the Maple Leafs had been “working on this extension for a few weeks” and that “we were very close.”

“It’s an extension that we’re going to have to make to get to the playoffs and get a better opportunity,” Shanahan said. 

“We’re not there yet.

But I think we have a chance to do something.

We’ve been talking to all these clubs.

We know they’re all interested in getting to the postseason.”

The Blue Jays are the only team in the American League to not have a player who would make at least $4.5 million per season, but the Jays are also in negotiations to acquire a player from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a trade for reliever Francisco Liriano.

The Blue-Jays and Maple-Leafs had previously been linked to a deal for the player that would have brought back a player that makes at least that much.

A trade to the Diamondbacks was one of the top possibilities that the Leafs were reportedly considering, but there was a major setback for the club as the Blue-Js players were released.

The club also reportedly had talks with the New York Yankees about acquiring reliever Matt Barnes, but no deal was reached.

The Maple Leafs and Blue Jays were expected to reach an agreement soon, but it is unclear if the deal is final.