Mayor Bill Foster finally has an offseason meeting scheduled with Rays’ owner Stu Sternberg. The two will meet at Tropicana Field later this month, reports Noah Pransky (because I was sworn to secrecy).
But while the meeting may be long-awaited for Rays fans, it doesn’t expect to be terribly productive for new stadium supporters. Foster is unlikely to bend much when he has a contract that ties the team down for 16 more years and Sternberg is unlikely to stop insisting Tampa Bay take a regional approach to keeping the team.
Pransky has more analysis here.