Forbes released their annual estimates on the finances of every MLB team. They found that, in the tradition of Frank Lorenzo and Michael Milken, the Lerners are simultaneously making the second biggest profits of any team in baseball while also destroying 12% of the value of their property.
For context, the $43.7 million in profits equals about 62 times the difference between Aaron Crow's asking price and the Nationals final offer.
But Nationals fans should be worried that the ownership of their team is acting like such shameless corporate raiders and making so much money doing it. Obviously it's in the long-term financial interests of the Lerners to run the team well and increase the value of their property, but there's no question that if it's short-term cash you're looking for, the Nationals are doing it just fine. Too bad there's a tomorrow.