In January, Laurel Phahler for the St. Lucie News reported that, in exchange for $2.5 million worth of renovations to Digital Domain Par by the city of St. Lucie, “The Mets have agreed to extend their lease from 2018 to 2023.”
At that time, Phahler said improvements could help with efforts to bring in a second team to the facility. However, last month, Phahler said adding a second team is looking unlikely, since the Nationals are now considering a move to the west coast of Florida or Arizona.
In the event the Nationals leave Viera, it will leave the Mets with only two teams — the Cardinals and Marlins — on the east coast of Florida, both of whom already share a complex in Jupiter, which is roughly one hour from St. Lucie.
If this happens, Barry Meier reports in today’s New York Times, the Mets (under their contract) may be able to walk away from Digital Domain Park if another team does not relocate to their stadium or somewhere reasonably close, according to Chad Dzadovsky, the chairman of the board of commissioners in St. Lucie County.
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.