According to Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, there is a “95 percent done” deal for both his team and the Toronto Blue Jays to leave their respective spring training facilities. The plan is to move further south to a new stadium planned for Palm Beach Gardens.
Since their first year in 1977, the Blue Jays have made Dunedin’s Florida Auto Exchange Stadium their spring training home. The team’s lease with the city runs through 2017. As reported by Chris Wilkerson of the Tampa Bay Business Journal, the team has not made public statements about the Crane’s announcement, but also they have not denied reports of the move.
The proposed stadium in Palm Beach Gardens has not yet been built, making the earliest possible move for the MLB teams — who intend to share the facilities — no sooner than 2015.
The Business Journal referred to a recent interview in the Tampa Bay Times with a Blue Jays consultant insisting a deal is not done, with several other options on the table for the team.