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Nationals owner Mark Lerner said franchise is no longer up for sale after nearly 2 years of exploration

February 19th, 2024

The Washington Nationals are no longer on the market.

Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner confirmed to on Monday that he was no longer working to sell the team. He said that he and his family, after nearly two years of trying to find a buyer, came to the decision “a while ago.”

“Nothing has really changed,” Lerner said, . “We’ve just decided that it’s not the time or the place for it. We’re very happy owning the team and bringing us back a ring one day.”

The Lerner family first purchased the Nationals for $450 million in 2006 from Major League Baseball, just one year after the team relocated to Washington and rebranded itself after starting out as the Montreal Expos. Mark took over control of the club from his father, Ted Lerner, in 2018. Ted died last year at 97.

The Lerner family first started exploring selling the franchise in April 2022. in 2023, the Nationals were worth about $2 billion. That made them the 16th most valuable team in the league, though well behind the New York Yankees at $7.1 billion.

It’s unclear how much Lerner and his family were trying to sell the Nationals for. By comparison, the Angelos family to a pair of billionaires for just more than $1.7 billion.

Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner confirmed Monday that the team is no longer up for sale.

Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner confirmed Monday that the team is no longer up for sale. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

While the Nationals won the World Series in 2019, which marked the franchise’s first ever championship, it’s been rough for them ever since. The team went just 71-91 last season and missed the playoffs for a fourth straight season. The team hasn’t had a winning record since winning the championship, either, and has finished in last in the NL East four straight times. The Nationals have acquired several significant young players in recent years, including catcher Keibert Ruiz, shortstop CJ Abrams and pitchers Josiah Gray and MacKenzie Gore. They also selected outfielder Dylan Crews with the No. 2 pick in last year’s draft out of LSU.

The Nationals will open their season against the Cincinnati Reds on March 28.

While the team is desperately looking for improvements on the field, they’ll have to do that under Lerner’s watch. How much he and his family are willing to invest in the team now that the Nationals are off the market, however, remains to be seen.

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