Astros now talking with Nationals about a new spring training site
Summary of 3 articles · Updated Feb 18, 2014
The Astros and Nationals have talked about a new spring training site for the teams in Palm Beach County, Fla. The Nationals would like to leave Viera, Fla., and put their spring site closer to other teams. The Nationals haven’t had too much conversation with the Astros yet, and Houston lawyer Giles Kibble said the team was open to working with them or even the Blue Jays, who train in Dunedin, Fla. The Astros have met with the Washington Nationals about the possibility of sharing a Spring Training site in Palm Beach County, Fla., the team's general counsel said Tuesday. The Astros and Nationals will get a list of other potential sites within Palm Beach County, a county commissioner said. The Astros' lease at Osceola County Stadium expires at the end of 2016, so construction on a new site would have to begin by the end of this year for completion in January 2017. The Astros had hoped to build a two-team facility to share with the Blue Jays in Palm Beach Gardens, but that plan fell through following stiff opposition from residents. Kibbe said the team is going to meet again in a couple of weeks to look at some potential sites and to discuss some financing issues.