Sunday, September 26, 2004

Christensen: "D.C. puts crimp in winter budget"

Orioles Focus
By Joe Christensen
Baltimore Sun Staff
Originally published September 26, 2004

The thought of having the Montreal Expos set up shop 35 miles down the road was starting to settle in as a new reality at the B&O warehouse last week, and Orioles officials weren't too happy about it.

Vice president Mike Flanagan said he couldn't be sure how an Expos move to Washington would affect next year's payroll, but it's probably safe to assume it will take a hit.

Flanagan said such a move by the Expos would trim 30 percent from the Orioles' revenues. So it's no wonder club officials described their collective mood as uneasy, as Major League Baseball entered the final stages of its relocation process.

A year ago, the Orioles were one of the biggest players in the free-agent market, when they nabbed Miguel Tejada, Javy Lopez, Sidney Ponson and Rafael Palmeiro for a combined $121 million.

When Peter Angelos made those commitments, he did so trusting that commissioner Bud Selig and his fellow owners wouldn't move a team into an area where it could steal from the Orioles' fan base.

Read the entire article here on the Baltimore Sun website.