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The Astros still want a new spring training complex in Palm Beach County

Feb 19, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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There was talk of the Astros and Blue Jays moving in to a joint spring training complex in Palm Beach County. That’s probably not happening. But the Astros still want to do it. And maybe the Nationals will be their bunkmates:

The Astros and Nationals have spoken about it, albeit not extensively, and plan to do so again, a person with knowledge of the talks said. The Nationals, who train in Viera, Fla., had a preliminary conversation with county officials last week.

Giles Kibbe, general counsel for the Astros, said the team is open to a new complex with either the Blue Jays or Nationals.

It’d be heard to move to the Atlantic coast alone given that only a few teams are left over there. Doubling up makes sense and, as the Arizona complexes have shown, probably make for the best use of resources overall.

  1. tcostant - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Hopefully the Nats find some where to go. Each road trip is at least 3 hours round trip, when a bunch of others have half an hour.

  2. karlkolchak - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    More importantly, will the Nats and Astros have “synergistic chemistry” together?

  3. Old Gator - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Fine with me. Let them buy some land and build it themselves.

  4. halladaysbiceps - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Is it just me or are the Astros a bunch of cheap asses? Seriously, why a MLB club that reaps millions of dollars can’t build their own Spring Training facility is ridiculous. Compared to the price of a major league stadium, the cost of a Spring Training facility/stadium is a very small fraction of that cost.

  5. thekingdave - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Yeah! Damn Astros, they should totally invest in a facility used for less than two months a year which is on the opposite side of the country from the vast majority of other spring training venues for the sole purpose of not appearing to be cheap. Loud noises!

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