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Money no object in Nats' Prince chase

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08:27 AM ET 01.03 | Having Adam LaRoche at first base should be considered merely an inconvenience in the Nationals' chase for Prince Fielder. [Nationals] owner Ted Lerner overpaying Fielder. ... Lerner is among the game's wealthiest owners according to Forbes and -- in keeping with the theme of the offseason -- the Nats' local TV revenue is about to increase dramatically. That revenue, reported to be $29 million a year, soon will "double, triple or more," according to a major-league source. The Nats are due to "reset" their contract with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network to ensure that their rights fee is still market value. If no deal can be reached with the Orioles, the larger stake-holder in MASN, the case will go to arbitration. There's your Prince money.

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January 3, 2012  08:40 AM ET

Ted Lerner is 85 years old and more money than he can take with him. I think the family will spend the bucks now. Heck, he admits to $3.5 billion but will not talk if there is more money and real estate laying around.
chump change to him.

January 3, 2012  08:46 AM ET

Ted Lerner didn't get to be that wealthy pisssing his money away on things that amuse him. I doubt he'll spend his wealth. But Fox Sports made the case that increased revenue from MASN can support a superstar or two on the payroll. That's regular money - the kind that can pay salaries.

It appears other teams are learning from the YES and NESN finance models. It's why the Rangers and the Angels are now spending the big bucks.

January 3, 2012  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Ted Lerner didn't get to be that wealthy pisssing his money away on things that amuse him.

That is true of any and every team owner.

January 3, 2012  09:52 AM ET

If they have the cash, go sign him. Fielder would would be the cornerstone of the franchise for years to come.

January 3, 2012  11:04 AM ET

Someone sign him already.

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January 3, 2012  11:47 AM ET
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Go be the face of the Walgreens Nationals Prince. That $120 mil/yr to stay a brewer doesnt look so bad now does it?

That "W" on the Nats hat is identical to Walgreens's "W". Hilarious!

January 3, 2012  11:57 AM ET

I think Scott Boras wrote this article...

January 3, 2012  12:23 PM ET

boras will continue playing seek and hide, untill he be able to get a owner or a GM to fall for his sweet talk regarding about fielder and to another boras players!!

January 3, 2012  12:24 PM ET

then againg if the nationals have the money then they should sign fielder, why wait? if the nationals still thinking in the past the rangers could get fielder at any time!!!

January 3, 2012  01:54 PM ET

money, money, and the sport where a player becomes lost just because!!!

January 3, 2012  01:55 PM ET

The Nats are certainly making some noise...

and they should - b/c that Market is theirs for the taking...

The Orioles have done nothing in the last 14 years (finished 3rd or higher in Div once - 2004 and haven't had a winning record since 1997)...

If the Nats can capture the market - they will have alot of $$$ to throw around.

January 3, 2012  02:00 PM ET

He's going to Japan.

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January 3, 2012  02:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

That "W" on the Nats hat is identical to Walgreens's "W". Hilarious!

Walgreen's should sue.

January 3, 2012  02:23 PM ET
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Walgreen's should sue.

I'm pretty sure Washington baseball teams had it first.

January 3, 2012  05:54 PM ET
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He's going to Japan.

that would be funny

January 3, 2012  07:30 PM ET

Man, Boras is working hard to get people to believe that Fielder would go to the Nats. I'm sure Prince wants to get paid, but the Nats are Siberia. Hell Milwaukee has more of a baseball presence than DC.

Prince, go to Texas and make this interesting.

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January 3, 2012  11:01 PM ET

Think of the damage he could do hitting at the Ballpark for the Rangers....

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