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Opening Day payroll ranks 20th in MLB

Apr 6, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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Jayson Werth's $13,571,428 salary is tops on the Nationals this season.

CHICAGO — Though their payroll experienced a 27 percent increase from one year ago, the Nationals still rank in the bottom half of all major-league franchises entering the 2012 season.

The Nationals' Opening Day payroll was $81,336,143, 20th among MLB's 30 clubs, according to USA Today's annual research. That total includes the 25 players on the active roster, plus six players who began the season on the major-league disabled list.

It does not, however, include minor leaguers on the 40-man roster, a list that features high-salaried players John Lannan ($5 million), Bryce Harper ($1.75 million) and Yunesky Maya ($1.5 million).

This year's payroll is by far the largest in franchise history, shattering last season's $64,856,928 Opening Day total. And it figures to increase substantially again next year, with several players due to earn sizableRead more »

  1. NatsLady - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Sheesh, Bernie is still making almost the minimum after all these years. No wonder he went to arbitration. He may not be MVP but he's been a trooper. Hope he gets it together this year.

  2. Davide - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Hi,I'm sorry but it's only a few months since I've started to follow the Nats..I wanted to ask you one thing:is there a salary cap rule like other american sports?I've see incredibly high payrolls for big franchises and I can't understand how it's possible..thanks

  3. Anonymous - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    No salary cap in MLB.Bernie's earning an appropriate salary.

  4. NatsLady - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Davide, there is no salary cap, but there is a "luxury tax," meaning if your payroll is too high you have to pay a penalty. The Yankees pay it, and I believe (not sure) that the Red Sox do also.

  5. Centreville62 - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    THe increase is 27% not 127%.

  6. bdrube - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Re: Bernie – he hasn't accumulated enough service time to hit arbitration yet.Also keep in mind that Reggie Jackson's deal when he signed the then-biggest ever free agent contract with the Yankees back in 1977 was for a mere $550,000 per year.Even the guys at the bottom of that list are VERY well paid.

  7. Suicide Squeeze - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    If you add Lannan, Harper, and Maya's salary figure into the mix, where would the Nats be? Or, better yet, how do the Nats compare on salaries for the entire 40 man roster? this wold help account for the Nats recent willingness to give major league contract and pay way over slot for draft picks compared to other teams.I think a 40-man roster comparison would be a better comparative indicator.www.bloggerstobenamedlater.com

  8. NatsLady - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Right sorry, not arbitration. Bernadina and Storen asked for a pay raise and were nixed.

  9. Davide - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Ok,got it.I've already heard of the "luxury tax" before.Thank you all and cheers from Italy! ;)

  10. NatsLady - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Hearing a rumor the Cubs would deal Byrd for Lannan and Gorzo. I don't think we should go for that–serious overpay, IMO, to give up two lefties and not get a pitcher in return, plus I don't think it saves on salary. Here is story (doesn't mention Gorzy, that was somewhere else).Lannan-Byrd rumorhttp://bleacherreport.com/articles/1135235-mlb-trade-rumors-john-lannan-drawing-interest-from-chicago-cubsWhat say you?

  11. NatsLady - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Cheers back at ya, Davide. Glad to have you.

  12. Drew - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Davide: No need to apologize. Welcome aboard.Greetings, all, from your temporary Paris correspondent. Wally, we got to the Musée de l'Orangerie. We loved the majestic rooms devoted to Monet's water lillies, but I was surprised that there was no tribute to Rusty Staub.We also strolled around the garden at the Musée Rodin. The highlight there, of course, is "The Thinker."If you kneel to closely inspect this masterpiece you'll notice a small inscription at the base. Translated loosely from the French, it says: "What was Nook Logan thinking?"

  13. Section 222 - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Just FYI, for all of you who have DirecTV, MLB Extra Innings is running a free preview until April 15.

  14. sjm308 - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Drew: spent 6 wonderful days in Paris last year and was not as astute as you although we saw the same things. If you get a chance, take a drive out to Giverney. No baseball fields but some pretty damn nice ponds.Davide: welcome and hope you get a chance to come to DC and check us out when we are in the World Series.NatsLady: NO to that trade. We need Lannan and I think Bernie and Ankiel will fill that role until our boy is ready. What would you do with Byrd after Bryce comes up? and you can always use that 6th or 7th starter at sometime during the season.

  15. SFNats - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    I saw that Lannan/Gorzy thing on MLBTradeRumors. Depending on what other players are involved, it could work if the Nats feel that they have enough emergency starter depth (Stammen and Det, maybe, when/if Wang comes back.)Byrd could man CF until Harper comes up. And then they could shift Byrd to left and play Morse at first (and trade LaRoche) or just play Harper in left. Straight up for Byrd it's probably too much to give up — especially since Byrd would be a one-year rental, not a long-term solution — but if the Nats also got the right throw-in player, it might not be a bad deal.

  16. HHover - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Dunno that Lannan & Gorzo for Byrd straight-up makes sense, overall, but it would have a couple of pluses:1. It would save the Nats on salary (a net $1.5M or so); 2. Byrd isn't a long term solution, but the Nats don't need one. They Nats could deal him at the deadline or let him play the season out, depending on how Bryce does and what the need is.3. Gorzo has some value as a RP and spot starter. But the BP is already looking well stocked, and will be more so if/when Wang returns to the rotation and Det goes to the BP.

  17. SonnyG10 - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Welcome aboard Davide.

  18. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    I have it on good word that a couple of high up management types would have to seriously change their minds if Marlon Byrd is part of any return on a trade.

  19. Joe Seamhead - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Personally, I never thought Byrd was a very good outfielder.

  20. SFNats - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    It's kinda one of those "meh" rumors. If the Nats got Byrd, that would be fine. But if they passed, okey dokey. Definitely not a game changer. Just moving some pieces around.

  21. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    And certainly not worth giving up pitching depth.

  22. Wally - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Drew said…Greetings, all, from your temporary Paris correspondent. Wally, we got to the Musée de l'Orangerie. We loved the majestic rooms devoted to Monet's water lillies, but I was surprised that there was no tribute to Rusty Staub…Especially with L'Orange's culinary skills. I saw Stanley Tucci at l'Orangerie when we were there. He was wearing an ascot, which is the main reason that I remember it.If you are debating whether to make the trip to Versailles, I'd say it was definitely worth doing, too (also easy to get to). Impressive grounds. Marie Antoinette's summer cottage was fun.Its only been a year, but that is about all that I can remember (after the other stuff like Eiffel Tower, ..). And bread. Lots and lots of bread. And cheese. And muffins. And coffee. And wine. My daughter still talks about these mashed potatoes she had.If the Nats keep winning, we may need to kick in $$ to extend your stay. There may be no crying in baseball, but there is definitely superstition.

  23. blog prince - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    I don't think Byrd's a good enough fit. Nor is he worth the cost, unless the Cubs add in a decent prospect. It's not worth it for half a season, assuming Harper is up around the All-Star break. (He got off to a pretty good start yesterday.) I think Lannan, Gorzo and LaRoche should all be traded eventually, but all of them have prohibitive salaries. Though the Cubs are one organization that can absorb some of that salary. I think LaRoche is likely to go at the trade deadline, probably to an American league team. Since Harper is on his way, unless Rizzo can swing an impact long-term center fielder, Rizzo should be trying to get the best package of prospects he can.

  24. HHover - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    NatsJackI don't know how much you feel comfortable sharing, but I'd be curious to know why they're concerned–is it because of how he performed here 6 years ago? I don't think it makes a lot of sense to worry about the player he was here in 2006. Because while that Marlon Byrd was indeed terrible, it's a different organization now, and Byrd has been a much better player since then. If they're concerned about the player he is today, that's different. He's slashed .291/.346/.445, and he's been a plus CF, per UZR.But yeah, that is a lot of pitching to give up.

  25. Wally - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    No way would I give up Lannan and Gorzy for Byrd (and I like Byrd more than most). I might give up Lannan straight up for him.But, leaving aside for a moment NJ's point that he has been told the Nats don't like him, I think the right question for Byrd is: do you like him better than Carroll? When Ankiel comes off the DL, it seems like it should be him or Bernie. When Morse comes off, it is Nady or Tracy. That is how I would see it, any way, for position and RH/LH considerations. In other words, amongst all our OFs and 1Bs, only Werth and Morse should play regardless of the pitcher. Even Harper should probably be given off against the really tough LHs, as he gets his feet wet. So we want a RH CF for the rest of this year, and it comes down to Carroll or someone better. Granted, it could be Werth sliding over, and Derosa to RF.

  26. gonatsgo - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Things that amaze me — Edwin Jackson is third on the list, and, we have so many guys under a mil. Plus – some of those guys under half a mil are quite a bargain for what we could potentially get from them this year, namely Ramos and Detweiler. Interesting piece.

  27. NatsJack on Florida - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    So you trade for a CF in decline after telling Bryce Harper to learn CF now?Bryd isn't any better ovetall than what's on the 25 man now, according to people in the know.

  28. Nats in Athens - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    On the salary front, I cringe at the sight of 19 MM out the door (Jackson and LaRoche). Add that to the Maya money and that is a full quarter of your money spent where you did not need it.On Lannan, I understand his salary makes a trade both difficult but also desirable but as we stand I am loathe to trade him for Byrd. I believe that the next FA class will have a lot of OF depth so probably best to wait till then. I also am one [of the possibly few] people that believes that Lannan has a role to play here. I think Rizzo did this to himself by going and paying 11MM for a pitcher who is not that much better than Lannan.

  29. bdrube - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    I agree with Wally – Lannan straight up, or maybe with a fringe, low level prospect for Byrd. Gorzo has too much of value as the long relief option now that Detwiler is in the rotation.

  30. Che cosa so - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    DavideWillkommen bienvenu welcomeCome inAll' interno di nazionali siamo tutto buon amici, felice & rispettoso agli altri. Si, spesso abbiamo – come si dice- Opinioni divergenti, ma siam tutti in accordo per una cosa importante:GYFNG!( go you faboloso nats, go)

  31. Section 222 - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Adam Dunn just hit a dinger in Texas. His 8th opening day homerun, tying Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey, Jr. for the all time lead. Crushed it.

  32. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Carlos Pena….grand salami off Sabathia. Rays 4 – evil empire 0, bottom of the first.

  33. SFNats - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Man, I hope Dunn has a big comeback season. I'm just sorry that I missed out on him in my fantasy draft.

  34. Exposremains - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    This is mostly for former Expos fans but Nats fan might enjoy it too. I know not everybody likes too much excitement in the booth but man I miss that:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkDhHdMhBFE&feature=related

  35. Section 222 - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    I wish we had had Byrd in CF for the past five years after we let him walk. Instead we had Nook, Church, Watson, Milledge, Dukes, Harris, Ankiel, etc. I remember Byrd as a sunny personality and a guy who played with all out hustle and abandon. Not sure it makes sense now, and certainly not in a trade for both Lannan and Gorzelanny. I wouldn't mind seeing him in a Nats uniform again though, and I think he's better than any of our CF stopgaps, including Ankiel and Bernadina, until Harper comes up.

  36. whatsanattau - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    I actually like Marlon Byrd, but I would be rather disappointed in a 1 for 1 Byrd for Lannan deal let alone a 2 for 1. Pitching depth is more valuable than a replacement level outfielder. I do believe that it will be hard to get a better offer than that though … which is why I believe them when they say they don't plan to deal him. The players I'd be willing to trade Lannan away for are not likely to be the players opposing GM's are willing to give up. I think it is still more likely that Detwiler, Jackson, or Wang get traded (once they are eligable for trade) and Lannan comes back. On another topic, I saw a quote from Ian Desmond complimenting Rizzo on the high character of the players he acquired and particularly praising Tracy as a player who boarded every bus, played every game this spring. That coupled with other tidbits we've learned about adds validity to the claims the case that the team now has a pretty solid team spirit. We really have come a long way from the dark days of Dukes, Milledge, FLop, et al…

  37. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Add T Plush and a guy most people wouldn't think, Scot Olsen to that list.

  38. MicheleS - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Sec 222Thanks for the heads up on the MLB package. Watching the Sox and Rangers now.

  39. gonatsgo - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Anyone else have posts disappearing? They show up at first but the next time I come back they are gone. Was it something I said?

  40. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Maybe…what did you say?

  41. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Man…..do the Rays need a bonifide catcher. This is not one of the better Molina boys and they are counting on him for 120 games.

  42. MicheleS - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Gonatsgo. Send mark an email. You maybe stuck in spam world. This was happening a few days ago

  43. Wally - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    NatsJack on Florida said…So you trade for a CF in decline after telling Bryce Harper to learn CF now?I don't see it affecting Harper at all. When Rizzo thinks he is ready to come up, he comes up and plays. Byrd, or Carroll or Ankiel or whomever has been getting ABs in CF, slides to the bench. That is true whether we add Byrd to the mix or not. But we need 5 OFs and I get back to Byrd, as a RH who can play CF, is an alternative to Carroll.Bryd isn't any better ovetall than what's on the 25 man now, according to people in the know.Ok, if true, than it answers my question. Stats and playing time over the last few years would suggest Byrd is better, but I don't doubt that you have been told that by Nats, and certainly they know better than I.

  44. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Ibanez hits a 3 run jack and it's evils 6 – Rays 4 top of the 3rd.

  45. Anonymous - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    SFNats,I don't think Byrd makes any sense at all in LF, he has no power. Just my 2 cents.

  46. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Keeping Byrd might have worked. Getting him back, not so much. But since it came up, I think the consistent "LaRoche will be traded" assumptions in here are, at best, highly speculative. Outside of the Prince Fielder context, has there been any indication from the FO they are considering that, especially since the Nats figure to be competitive, and very possibly in contention, at the deadline?

  47. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    There's no pitchers duel going on between CC and Big Game James. It's now 6 – 5 and 2 men on for Pena with 1 out bottom of the 3rd.

  48. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    An indoor game, it should be noted…

  49. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Nathan closing for Texas hit 94 on the gun.And we refer to the Trop here in Florida as "The Dumpstet".

  50. Anonymous - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    I don't like the Byrd trade, nor do I want LaRoche to be traded – I want him to have a .280/25/80 season and play stellar defense at first base well into the playoffs.Lannan should not be traded, they're going to need him.-Jim

  51. Section 222 - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Cards have hit four homeruns in the game, and three in the 3rd inning (Beltran, Holliday, and Freese). Scary.

  52. NatsLady - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    That stadium in Mil is "indoors" but the shadows are just as bad as Nats Park. I guess they didn't install drapes.

  53. Section 222 - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Byrd isn't any better overall than what's on the 25 man now, according to people in the know. Who are these "people in the know" anyway? Scouts who think Ankiel (32, .239/.296/.363 in '11) has "a good face"? Byrd isn't great but at 33 he hit .276/.324/.395 last year and plays a decent CF. Bernadina (.243/.301/.363) isn't any better, nor is Ankiel, and they are our "starters" while we wait for Bryce. Surely Byrd is better than Carroll, right? I'm not saying that we should pull the trigger on Lannan for Byrd, but I don't understand denigrating him based on unidentified sources when the numbers pretty clearly say otherwise.

  54. Anonymous - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Trying again — I kind of surprised that Edwin Jackson is third on the list – not sure how I feel about that. I am also kind of amazed at how many are below one mil and how much we could potentially get out of the guys under half a mil – Ramos and Detweiler. Some of these guys are quite a bargain. It's just an interesting piece to read and think about. gonatsgo ( signing as anon for now)

  55. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Section 222……yes. 2 different ML talent evaluators (advance scouts). Bryd isn't the type of player you rent. There isn't any short term upside. And he's expensive.You can spend for starting rotation depth. 33 going on 34 yo CF with limited range, not so much.

  56. DWS - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Exposremains, loved the blast from the past. I can see the X factor being similar to Larry Walker. And if so the Nats are going to be the team everybody in the NL east looks up to for quite a few years.

  57. Jim Webster - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    For $8m, Laroche better stop looking like a deer in headlights at every pitch like he did at Wrigley opener.

  58. JaneB - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    I'm in the crowd that says we lose too much in the proposed/rumored Cubs trade. Though I truly hope John DOES end up somewhere where he feels respected and useful. It feels like the well has been poisoned, and a trade is in everyone's best interests. Just not two lefties for Byrd.

  59. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Ex-Nat Joel Peralta has walked 2 in a row with 2 outs top of the 8th.

  60. Anonymous - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Bryd isn't any better ovetall than what's on the 25 man now, according to people in the know.Understatement.Especially given not only Harper but Corey Brown, Eury Perez, Destin Hood just beneath in AAA and AA respectively. How do you fit them in?Marlon Bryd doesn't fit. Not now and especially not in the future. This isn't the Jim Riggleman small brain, smart ball show where we respect and play the veterans to respect the game. If this were still true Chad Gaudin would still be on the 25 man roster … In case it hasn't yet dawned on some of you yet, sigh … , its not about winning this year, (at least not until/unless they are within striking range of the playoffs much later in the season then this might change somewhat), its about players that can contribute now and in the foreseeable future. Developing the prospects is job #1.

  61. DWS - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    I'm just hoping that our players will start "seeing the ball". Eventually that excuse becomes tired.The Z-man seemed to see it quite well.

  62. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    And yet another knowledgeable post!.

  63. hmmm... - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    if lannan stays and whines, or goofs off (which i wouldn't expect) wouldn't that make him less attractive to other clubs from a character standpoint? it seems like it's in his and the nats' best interest to just suck it up and pitch as well as possible in syracuse. i say we keep him. he's better than our other minor league options

  64. Anonymous - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    All' interno di nazionali siamo tutto buon amici, felice & rispettoso agli altri. Si, spesso abbiamo – come si dice-Opinioni divergenti, ma siam tutti in accordo per una cosa importante:Prego di non scrivere in Italiano. Ci sono tante degli 'amici' che a loro e' una cosa simpatica. Dicono che odiono la lingua Latina. ~ridendo~ Porca madoscola … che casino! — Sci Oh! —

  65. DWS - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Agree Understatement., as long as you don't break up a team when you finally get near the top. Been there bought the t-shirt. '94 Expos come to mind.

  66. Anonymous - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    i say we keep him. he's better than our other minor league optionsThis too is an understatement. The loss of Solis kind of made this a foregone conclusion after the Gio Gonzalez trade. Right now the next guy after Lannan might be Erik Arneson albeit the new pitcher Atkins has looked good. Rosenbaum could jump ahead if he dominates in AA.

  67. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Until somebody in the system shows that they are as good or better than Lannan, he's not going anywhere.Hear that dfh21 who had him traded at the pitchers and catchers reporting date?

  68. Steady Eddie - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Jane — I feel badly for Lannan but it was a good business decision for the Nats (John is no good out of the pen Once Wang returns) and he's being very well compensated. But a trade that doesn't return good value is NOT in the Nats' interest compared to the value to the Mats this year of keeping him in Cuse as insurance. Assuming Wang does well enough to be worth resigning but Jackson doesn't, Lannan is still not coming back unless Detweiler is a very unexpected bust. Or maybe they go big for Hamels or some other FA. John just doesn't look like he's in the Nats' future beyond being insurance this year.Jim Webster — while LaRoche looked bad yesterday, generalizing from one day is absurd. Like all the posters (and I have to add, our good host) saying "weak-hitting Nats again" after a game where we had 4 dingers taken away by the wind (and the Cubs had two).Speaking of dingers, disks see the big Dunnkey had an upper deck shot vs the Rangers today? Nice!

  69. DWS - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Personally, I kind of like the idea that this team has a proven MLB pitcher ready to go in triple A. And unless I've totally misjudged Lannan, he's going to be very ready when he get's the call, and he will. Not to many teams have that luxury.

  70. DWS - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    The evil empire has been defeated for a day.

  71. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Someone(s) already mentioned this, but since it keeps coming up about the wind: Wrigley Field has been like that for almost 100 years. Pitchers know they can pitch to full contact to almost anybody and get outs, and that is what they do–groove one and let the outfielders work. They do not do that when the wind shifts later in the season.

  72. Waddu eye no - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Hai ragione! Non mai piu ;-)In fact, my italian is so lame im surprised anyone identified it as such.

  73. UnkyD - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    My crystal ball shows LaRoche playing well, but being traded, mid-summer, when Harper AND Brown have laid waste to AAA, and Morse returns to 1B…..

  74. Steady Eddie - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Speaking of the Beast, he's done some gorse hacking tonight here in Bowie as DH for the Senators — 2/3, double and a line drive dinger crushed to center. Ankiel also hit one out in the first and didn't have much of a challenge playing CF. Both left in the middle of the 5th and looked ready to come up when their DL time is up.

  75. InTheCheapSeats - Apr 7, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    I love that the Nats are so low in payroll, and have $13 mil. or so coming off the books when Lannan and LaRoche are gone next year. Add the $10 for E. Jackson, and that's $23 mil. to hand to Cole Hamels, giving the Nats the best pitching in baseball and driving a stake into the aging Phillies.

  76. Gonat - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    InTheCheapSeats, that would drive a stake straight in the hearts of the Phillie fans!Here's how I see it first is tying up 3 players long-term JZim, Stras and Ramos.Still have to consider re-upping with Morse also.When you add in Lannan, Harper and Maya to the Opening Day payroll, the Nats jump ahead of a few more teams including the Atlanta Braves and would be the 15th in team payroll.

  77. fast eddie - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    To put the salary numbers in perspective, the average MLB salary is $3.15m. Of the 31 Nats players shown here, only eight are above that.

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