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“I think it’s a possibility that it’s affecting it. It’s not a pretty sight when you walk out the door and see holes in the ground. … I think it’s unfortunate. I think baseball wants to see some things at least start to happen, a few of the buildings get done, but we’re going to get a game at some point.

“I don’t know how much of a factor it is in [Major League Baseball’s] decision-making, but I’ve got to believe that it is. It may not be No. 1 on the list but it could be three or four on the list. ‘Let’s see what happens around the park over the next few years.’ But I think things are going to start moving.”

With the payroll topping $100 million this season, are you at a point where you’ll do what you think is best without setting any type of cap?

“We try to be smart about it. We always have. There’s a lot of factors in this year, obviously. People with new and larger contracts kick in, Dan Haren and Rafael Soriano [were added]. I think it’s something that will always be fluid — but one thing is for sure, we’re never going to be stupid about how we do it.

“We try to control it and create our own kind of cap, but this is a special year. We have obviously incredible talent and there was a couple parts that [general manager Mike Rizzo] wanted and we said, ‘Do what you need to do,’ and that’s basically how it happened. I think each year, depending on where you are in the world, that’s how you’ll fix it. We’ll set our own cap of sorts.”

How much is keeping Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper in Washington long-term at the forefront of what you’re thinking with regard to payroll no matter what move you’re making?

“To be smart about it you always have to look out a number of years and we’d certainly love to be able to keep them for the long-term, but I don’t think that’s where we are right now. I think we’re focused on this year and next year and 2015. Those decisions will take care of themselves as time goes on. But we do our projections out a few years. You have to if you’re being smart about it.”

Mike Rizzo only has one guaranteed year left on his contract, with two team option years for 2014 and 2015, is that something you think you need to address any time soon?

“I’m sure we’ll all sit down and talk when the time is right. He’s under control for a couple more years and I think this is the place where he wants to make his home and we certainly want him to be here, so I’m sure we’ll come to some understanding at some point in time. I think right now he’s focused on getting this team in shape and I think that’s his number one concern.”

How are ticket sales?

“Ticket sales have been great. We put a cap of 20,000 season tickets on earlier in the fall and we’re very close to it so it’s pretty exciting that we’ll have a chance to get there. Prices go up April 1 so if people want to take advantage of it, the next 30 days is really their time to act. But it’s been a terrific offseason.”