Actual on-field newsThere's a misguided editorial in the Post claiming that parking meters alone can't come up with $100M in revenue. At his numbers, the parking people will make $16.2M a year from games. If the rights extend for 20 or 30 years, the money will absolutely be made back, and the return will look pretty good to the investors. It's no short-term investment, though.
The Post also did a poll that proves, IMHO, that District residents aren't too informed about what's really happening here. People really do believe that, if a stadium doesn't get built, there would be money to go to schools, and such.
Did I say something about on-field news? Yup. Today is the day that Bowden needs to decide whether or not to offer arbitration to those players who are under team control, or non-tender them. According to the Post, Bowden came to terms with one of the arbitration-eligible players, Joey Eischen, a left handed reliever who spent most of the season out with elbow injuries. Eischen agreed to $1.04M for the year, non-guaranteed. I assume that the amount he gets paid is related to the amount of time he spends on the 25-man roster in 2005, but it isn't specific. He's had a lot of problems with injuries over the past few years, but when he's healthy, he's supposedly a great lefty out of the bullpen.
Brad Wilkerson and Brian Schneider will definitely be offered arbitration. There was a rumor going around that Nick Johnson would be non-tendered, but that would be so daft that I can't even imagine Bowden doing it. T.J. Tucker might be a candidate. While he was arguably our best person out of the bullpen last year behind Cordero and Ayala, he might get more in arbitration than he's worth.
The other two who I think are at risk are Tomo Ohka and Tony Armas, Jr., both of whom I would be disappointed to lose, particularly since it sounds like both will have no problem being ready for opening day. I think Armas is more likely than Ohka to be non-tendered, and hopefully that will only happen if Bowden has good reason to believe that the guy really won't play much next year.
The good news from the Post article is the implication that Bowden won't non-tender more than one player, if any. If anyone goes, my money is on Armas, but we'll know for sure by the end of the day.