The Rays agreed with St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman’s assessment that talks to split seasons in Montreal before the 2027 end of their use agreement at Tropicana Field were not going anywhere.
But, in a statement Wednesday, disagreed with his opinion that this was the “best path” and they, perhaps ominously, said they will now focus on their options for 2028 when they are free to relocate anywhere, per MLB approval.
The statement from principal owner Stuart Sternberg read:
"We agree generally with Mayor Kriseman’s characterization of our months of conversations, though we would like to clarify two points. First, we do not agree that this is the best path forward. Second, we asked for the opportunity to explore this concept with both St. Petersburg and Montreal, and with Tampa and Montreal.
“We recognize that we must now consider our post-2027 options and all that entails, and we remain steadfast in our belief that the Sister City concept is deserving of serious consideration.”
The Rays said Tuesday there are “many cities that have knocked on our door" that want baseball. Among others, that list could include Orlando, Nashville, Charlotte, Las Vegas, Portland, Vancouver and, of course, Montreal.