Friday, November 12, 2004

Small market reality arrives

By Thom Loverro
The Washington Times
November 12, 2004

Washington is the nation's eighth largest media market, but for baseball's purposes in 2005, it is Kansas City, Milwaukee or even Montreal.

As long as Major League Baseball owns the relocated Expos, the team will be run like a small-market franchise.

Contrary to published reports, club president Tony Tavares said the team has not received any payroll figure from baseball for the next season. Speculation based on the anticipated Washington revenues suggests it will be higher than the $41 million spent last season in Montreal.

Nevertheless, it will still be at the bottom of the sport's economic food chain, a familiar place for general manager Jim Bowden, who spent 101/2 years as the Cincinnati Reds' GM. He knows about small-market strategies, and they don't include bringing in a big bopper outfielder or top-line starter.

Bowden, who has the reputation as an aggressive trader, is unlikely to emerge from the weeklong general managers meetings without making any deals. Yet that doesn't mean he won't be active this winter.

Read the entire article here on the Washington Times website