Mets will be in St. Lucie through 2023. Second team too?

In exchange for $2.5 million worth of renovations to Digital Domain Park in St. Lucie, “The Mets have agreed to extend their lease from 2018 to 2023,” reports Laurel Phahler for the St. Lucie News.

According to the report, “The improvements also could help with efforts to bring in a second team to the facility. Phahler points that recent reports indicate the Mets have spoken to at least two teams about the possibility of moving to Port St. Lucie.

[line]

Matthew Cerrone: The Dodgers and Orioles left the area a few years ago, leaving the Mets, Marlins, Cardinals and Nationals as the only local teams. The Cardinals and Marlins already share a facility. So, it would make a ton of sense for the Nationals to join the Mets in St. Lucie. A) It would defray costs, B) It’s consistent competition for spring training and extended spring training, plus another minor league team. The buzz last spring had been that something like this would need to be announced by mid- to late-summer in order for logistics to be worked out for the following season.

In either case, I’d love to see all of these teams get closer together (in distance), to form a sort-of Florida version of what goes on Arizona for Spring Training, which looks like a lot of fun for fans.

[line]

To read more about the renovations and improvements to the right-field stands in Digital Domain Park, check out Phahler’s report here.