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Toronto Blue Jays haven't made decision to ditch Dunedin

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays have made no final decision on moving their spring training home from Dunedin, team president Paul Beeston told the Tampa Bay Times on Friday, but he said the chance to join the Houston Astros in a proposed new facility in Palm Beach Gardens was the "perfect situation."

Since their 1977 inception, the Jays have trained in Dunedin at what are considered less-than-ideal facilities. Beeston said the Jays plan to honor their current deal, which expires in 2017, but felt "it may be time to look around and see if there's a better facility we're able to pull together."

The Astros, who train in Kissimmee, presented that opportunity, and the Jays are interested.

"There's no commitment, but there's an agreement to work together to see if we can pull it off, because it could be the perfect situation: one stadium, two teams, good facility. We'll see what happens," he said. "I think it works well for everybody, including baseball on the east coast of Florida, because if they don't have a team there, you could end up with three or four teams."

Beeston also noted that only the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland and the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton have been in their Florida sites longer.

He said the Jays would talk to Dunedin officials and no final decision has been made about leaving Dunedin: "None. Zero."

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