Manfred: There has to be "end game" in Rays stadium bid or ...
Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has been saying for months that he is optimistic Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg will be able to get a new stadium and that if so the franchise can be successful in the Tampa Bay market.
But Monday - while stopping well short of a threat - Manfred said there eventually has to be some action.
Manfred, during a Q-and-A session at the George Washington University School of Business, did not set any deadlines or issue any ultimatums, but said that at some point if there is no progress the potential of relocation would have to be raised.
"All professional sports have had their challenges in Florida. Having said that, there is a good TV market in Tampa.
"I think getting, not only a new facility, but a facility that is more appropriately located within the Tampa-St. Pete market would be good.
"Ultimately, there has to be an end game. If in fact, there's not a site or there's not a financial arrangement that's viable and we become convinced of that, our rules allow for the possibility of relocation.
"At that point of desperation, it's possible a team would be allowed to relocate."
No team has moved since the Expos left Montreal after the 2004 season. The Rays have what is considered a very strong lease agreement at the Trop through the 2027 season.