Tortious interference? Hills. Commission chair Ken Hagan to engage Rays about moving across Bay

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Hillsborough County Commission ChairmanKen Hagan told the Tampa Bay Times he had a conversation with team president Matt Silverman in January in which he took a more frank tone about the Rays’ future than Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was willing to take.

“I’m just beyond frustrated at the lack of progress regarding the Rays’ long-term future in the Tampa Bay region,” Hagan told the Times. “For me, just sitting by idly and hoping issues will work themselves out is counterproductive.”

Hagan plans to talk the issues out with the county attorneys first so that he understands how to handle discussing the Rays’ lease with Tropicana Field. Then he plans to reach out to the team and ask them what they need from Hillsborough County to come play across the Bay.

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