Stu Sternberg: Rays won't negotiate on new stadium during season. http://t.co/iUPdcqCAn7 #Rays @Raysbaseball #MLB #TampaBayMatt Baker writes:
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The refusal to talk stadium stuff during the season isn't surprising; but as I wrote last week, the Rays have "an office full of smart folks who can certainly deal with their off-the-field business while Matt Silverman, Kevin Cash, and others do the on-field work."“We are not doing this during the season,” Sternberg said before the Rays hosted the Orioles on opening day in Tropicana Field. “The one thing that I’ve found to ring correct and true was that you focus on baseball during the year, and that’s what we’re doing.”
Sternberg said he remains committed to keeping the Rays in Tampa Bay for the next 50-100 years. He said his door is always open and that he’s willing to look at any documents or proposals put in front of him. But the team “won’t be putting any work” into the stadium issue.
Last week, the council voted to hold a workshop “as quickly as possible” into the stadium issue and whether the Rays could look for a new stadium in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.
“If it happens, great,” Sternberg said. “If it didn’t happen in December, and it didn’t happen in January, and it didn’t happen in February, and it didn’t happen in March, and here we are in April. There’s always hope.”
Sternberg called the Rays’ payroll – about $70 million – “beyond uncomfortable” and said it would put the franchise in the red financially. He said the Rays could boost the payroll from the bottom of the majors if its attendance rose accordingly.
It's also worth pointing out Sternberg said he wouldn't "re-re-renegotiate" if St. Pete's council rejected his December deal. I said it wasn't believable; council rejected the deal; and sure enough, the Rays re-re-renegotiated.
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