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D-Backs hitting a $90M jackpot

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07:36 AM ET 01.28 | Though Arizona didn't land Masahiro Tanaka, merely being in the running is a sign of the times in the desert. The Diamondbacks' unexpected pursuits of Tanaka and free-agent outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Beltran this offseason stemmed in part from the club's expectation that it soon would sign a new local television deal with FOX Sports. The D-Backs still have not completed that deal, which would begin in 2016. But sources say that the contract will be worth at least $90 million per season over a period ranging from 15 to 20 years -- and that dollar figure could go even higher. Comparing TV deals is tricky because of the different equity stakes that different clubs negotiate, but even at $90 million per season, the D-Backs' deal would represent an increase on the contract that triggered the current frenzy.

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January 28, 2014  08:56 AM ET

That TV money they haven't received yet really helped them land those free agents.

January 28, 2014  09:12 AM ET

Since the D-Backs did not make a big impact in free agent signings or by trade how do you justify to your fan base that you are an improve ball club and can compete with LA for the division title?

January 28, 2014  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Since the D-Backs did not make a big impact in free agent signings or by trade how do you justify to your fan base that you are an improve ball club and can compete with LA for the division title?

Trumbo isn't exactly a bad player, and the same goes for Reed.

January 28, 2014  03:54 PM ET

The way Phoenix is growing it is similar to LA twenty years ago.
It will be a huge metropolitan area (if the water doesn't run out) and will support big spending sports teams.
The D-Backs appear to be anticipating this and acting on it.

 
January 28, 2014  06:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Since the D-Backs did not make a big impact in free agent signings or by trade how do you justify to your fan base that you are an improve ball club and can compete with LA for the division title?

they always could count with Trumbo's arm and bat!!

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