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D'Backs Enter '13 Season With Ten-Year High In Payroll; Nats Top $100M
Published February 11, 2013
NATIONAL REVIEW: In DC, James Wagner reported for the “first time" in the Nationals' history, the team's payroll will be "higher than" $100M and among the top 10 in MLB. Nationals Owner Mark Lerner said, “It was a combination of factors this year. We have young people obviously that were extended and those payroll numbers have gone up. We have a team that we think is on the brink of something special and we wanted to add a few more parts. I think it’s just a moment in time.” Meanwhile, Lerner said that the team's dispute with the Orioles over MASN TV rights fees is “in baseball’s hands.” He added, “We’re hoping that the Commissioner and baseball make a decision soon. It’s really out of our hands now. And hopefully he’ll make the right decisions.” Lerner said of reports connecting Nationals P Gio Gonzalez to a South Florida clinic that provided PEDs to players, “I think anytime you hear something like that out of the blue you’re blindsided" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 2/8).