Earlier today, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Diamondbacks expect they will "soon" sign a new local television deal with FOX Sports. That's not really much of a surprise: the current contract expires at the end of next year, so it would seem about time for a fresh agreement to be reached. However, he's the first person to have attached any kind of figure to negotiations - and it's a big one. "Sources say that the contract will be worth at least $90 million per season over a period ranging from 15 to 20 years -- and that dollar figure could go even higher."

This would represent a sharp increase, and is even well in excess of estimates from a couple of years back that the new deal would be for double the current price per game. Since that piece was written, the numbers have only gone up further, led by the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose 25-year deal with Time Warner cable is estimated to be worth a total of $8.5 billion dollars (a chunk of that will be returned to MLB for revenue sharing; the Dodgers will keep an average of about $240 million per year). We won't be near that, but if Rosenthal's numbers turn out to be correct, it would basically triple the existing one, which ran for eight years and paid the team $250 million.

As with the Dodgers, the Diamondbacks probably won't see every penny. About one-third of the income will be sent back to MLB for sharing, though of course, the team will see increased income from that, as the new television deals around baseball increase that revenue stream. Still, if would seem credible to think that, after 2015, Arizona will have at least another $60 million which could be spent on payroll - Rosenthal says, this was one of the reasons the team was able to make credible offers for the likes of Shin-Soo Choo and Masahiro Tanaka.

Naturally, we're not the only ones, and basic economics says there will almost certainly be increased inflation in the marketplace as a result of this increased money supply.. However, while this is a rising tide which will float all boats, it may not float them all equally, or at the same time. Pity, in particular, the poor (literally!) Atlanta Braves, who have the misfortune to be locked in to their current local television deal "at below-market rates" until 2031. The Royals, Pirates, Brewers and Rockies are all also at least six seasons away from seeing anything additional, beyond their slice of a larger revenue-sharing pie.