Nationals owner: Payroll is 'beyond topped out'

Friday April 4th, 2014

Nationals Park opened in (Rob Tringali/Getty Images) Nats owner Mark Lerner said the team isn't pursuing a retractable roof over Nationals Park. (Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner said the team's payroll is "beyond topped out" and the team is "not going to do something where we're losing tens of millions of dollars a year."

Washington's opening day major league payroll is $134.3 million, $20 million more than last season. The club's payroll this season is the ninth-highest in baseball.

"We're beyond topped out. Our payroll has skyrocketed to like $140 million. ... I don't think we can go much further with the revenue streams that we have," Lerner said, via the Associated Press.

"We take it one at a time. We'll look at it after the season as far as what we can do. We went into this thing — it's a business. We've got to run it smartly. We're not going to do something where we're losing tens of millions of dollars a year. Anybody can understand that," he said.

Lerner said the team is also looking at possibly moving its spring training site. They currently play in Viera during the spring and having been scouting Palm Beach as a future destination.

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