Sternberg on stadium, payroll, Price
Here are excerpts from principal owner Stuart Sternberg's comments on the stadium situation, the paryoll and the possibility of keeping David Price long-term.
On the stadium situation:
The Mayor and I had a meeting, it was a nice, cordial conversation, and we’ll see. I’m optimistic. Nobody wants to hear me talking about stadium things, so we’ll let the Mayor and I try to handle that and everybody else can focus on what’s important, which is baseball.
On whether there has been progress:
We shall see . I don’t want to get into it. We’re working at it.
On the payroll remaining in the low $60-million range after finishing last in attendance in 2012:
It’s static, but it’s well higher than it ought to be. The attendance, everyone knows the number. Last is last, so we’re anticipating an improvement on that. We really don’t have any goals, we don’t try to set any goals. We wanted to be average in attendance and well above average in on-field performance, and we’re right now settling for well-above average in on-field performance and that’s the most important thing.
On the possibility of keeping David Price long-term:
Andrew (Friedman, executive VP) said, and correctly, that there is no question that we could handle a contract like David’s, but what are you able to put around him? Right now, correctly, David is focused on this season, we’re focused on this season and I think speculatively it really is way too early for people to be focused on what is three years from now, four years from now. Obviously David is an enormous part of this organization and has been so through all of its successes from 2008 and here we are in 2013.
On the possibility of trading Price as soon as this season to maximize return:
We haven’t had those thoughts. Others have speculated, there’s been speculation, but we haven’t had those thoughts at all.
On the possibility of working out a deal to keep Price:
Oh yea, sure, absolutely.
Even when you see the $175-million deal Felix Hernandez just got?
Look at what Evan Longoria just got. Once we get up to a number, they are re gargantuan for us. They are extraordinary – numbers like that are a huge commitment for any team, and for us, they’re as close to being as off the table as possible, yet we did one this past off-season.