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Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner says the club's payroll is "beyond topped out" and that his family is "not going to do something where we're losing tens of millions of dollars a year."
Nationals owner Mark Lerner says the Nationals' $134 million payroll is "beyond topped out" and also discusses a new spring training site.
In the Nationals' brief history, Greinke represents one of their greatest "What if?" questions. What if the right-hander hadn't nixed the rumored trade that would've brought him to D.C. instead of Milwaukee before the 2011 season — and possibly cost the Nationals multiple members of their core?
According to one source with knowledge of the discussion, the Nationals have already indicated they will exercise the 2014 option on Rizzo's contract, securing him through at least next season. But their focus remains on a longer-term commitment.
Over the course of a roughly 10-minute session, Lerner chatted about everything Nationals -- including getting over Game 5, the organization's spring training venue situation, ticket sales, payroll, construction around the ballpark and the prospect of luring an All-Star Game.
Ted Lerner watched the raucous, champagne- and beer-spraying celebration from the corner of the Washington Nationals' clubhouse, sipping Dom Perignon alongside his wife, Annette.
"To get from the Dead Sea — below sea level — to going up Mount Everest, it's a long haul," Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner said of the team's farm system. "Doing it in just five years, patting ourselves on the back, it's pretty phenomenal."
Jan Vesely's magic moment came when he kissed his girlfriend on ESPN and shook hands with NBA commissioner David Stern. Bobby Lucas' magic moment came when he attended a pre-game reception at Nationals Park and shook hands with team owner Mark Lerner.
The Nationals spent a good deal of spring training talking about the differences in their clubhouse.