MLB is starting to come to realization that the sands in the hour glass are running out for a new baseball only stadium for the Marlins.
By explicit terms in their lease, the Marlins must be out of Dolphin Stadium at the end of the 2010 season. Although Marlins officials are not ready to announce the team's departure at this point, with no plan and no site for a new ballpark, the Marlins' future in South Florida has become questionable at best.
Sadly, Selig had this to say yesterday.
I could speculate where the outside options are located, but I would really prefer not to do so at this time.
Selig went on to say.
The Orange Bowl site is still a possibility but everyone is awaiting UM's decision on whether to play there in the future or if they are going to move their home games to JRS. The decision by the University is tentatively expected on next Tuesday. Oh, I must add, that the Marlins being put on the back burner to the Hurricanes is really pissing MLB off. But what ya going do, that is just the way it is.
Even if the Hurricanes vacate the the Orange Bowl, it doesn't necessarily mean that the Marlins will get the additional funds they need to build a stadium.
I don't think this the usual extortion technique used in trying to get a team a new facility, this may be for real. It takes years to build a stadium, especially one with a retractable roof and time is running out. Should MLB decide the Marlins ought to move, a roof may not be necessary in a new location, reducing the construction time and thus buying a year or so to continue negotiations in South Florida.
As far as the around $30 million payroll goes and its implications, it really means nothing coming from Samson. He doesn't set the payroll, Loria does. If it happens to be true, we will jump off that bridge when we come to it. Probably in the off-season.