Astros looking into new Spring Training sites
VIERA, Fla. -- Officials from the Astros and Nationals were presented with 10 locations for possible Spring Training relocation sites, including eight locations in Palm Beach County -- the Astros' preferred site -- according to county documents.
Vero Beach, Fla., the longtime home to the Dodgers that sits vacant, and Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, were the two other sites.
Palm Beach County commissioner Hal Valeche said county officials are scheduled to meet Tuesday to recap the meeting and address a $50 million shortfall in the projected cost of building Spring Training facilities in the county.
The Astros are looking to relocate their spring site when their lease expires in Kissimmee following 2016, but they would need to have an agreement by the end of this year for that to be possible. The Nationals and Astros have talked about sharing a new facility.
Astros general counsel Giles Kibbe, who's spearheading the move, didn't return messages.
Astros owner Jim Crane toured Tradition Field -- the spring home of the Mets -- earlier this week, and the facility could be converted into a two-team complex to be shared with the Mets. The Dodgers left their Vero Beach location -- known as "Dodgertown" -- in 2008 and now train in Arizona.