The Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority funded several Cactus League projects, including the one for the Indians. However, it has previously indicated there is no more money to subsidize the project for a second team in Goodyear. It means the city has to come up with the additional funding.All indications are that if Goodyear can secure the $32 million, the Reds would be willing to move. With the exception of a three-year period during World War II, the Reds have trained in Florida since 1923. The club has called Sarasota its spring home since 1998, but its lease there expires in October. It carries three one-year options that can extend the stay. Sarasota's County Commission recently approved $17.6 million in funding renovations of Ed Smith Stadium, but it came only after several months of delays in approval and the Reds had already entered an exclusivity agreement with Goodyear. The Reds would still have to contribute up to $10 million to make the fall-back Sarasota plan work. Allen already toured the Goodyear complex with Reds owner and CEO Bob Castellini in January and has taken another look this week. "It's coming right along," Allen said. "I've driven by. It's progressing. You can tell what it's going to be."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.