Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) throws the baseball during throwing drills during spring training at Maryvale Baseball Park. (Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
Dunedin, Florida -- The City of Dunedin could have a new Major League Baseball team to root for during Spring Training.
The News Service of Florida reports the Milwaukee Brewers are considering leaving their training facility in Phoenix and moving to Dunedin. The team has trained at the Maryville Baseball Park since 1998, and it recently signed a 10-year extension but has the option to leave after the 2015 season.
Earlier this year, Gov. Rick Scott signed an economic development package (SB 406) creating new rules for spring training funding as a way to keep teams from leaving the state for the Cactus League in Arizona.
Basically, if a team wants to move to a location in Florida, the city can get up to $666,660 a year in sales-tax revenue for stadium upgrades or construction. The funding can jump to $1.33 million if the city can get two teams.
However, the teams must be within two years of the expiration date of their existing lease contracts and must sign a 20-year lease, the minimum length of bonds for the stadium work, according to the News Service of Florida.
So, what about the Toronto Blue Jays? Earlier this year, the (Toronto) Globe and Mail newspaper reported the team is looking to move out of the city it has called it's spring training home since 1977.
Once learning about the team's possible move with the Houston Astros to Palm Beach Gardens on Florida's east coast, the city's mayor said he was going to start contacting teams that might be potential candidates.
With the conversation reportedly underway with the Milwaukee Brewers, will the Toronto Blue Jays reconsider? We'll have to wait to find out.
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