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Reds likely to join Tribe in Goodyear

Reds likely to join Tribe in Goodyear

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- It's looking more and more likely that the Indians won't be the only Ohio team trading in their grapefruits for cacti in the near future.

The city of Goodyear, Ariz., which will become the Tribe's new Spring Training home in 2009, has come up with the $33 million necessary to house the Reds, as well. All that's left is for the Goodyear City Council to approve the funding proposal at its April 7 meeting. If it's approved, the Reds will reportedly be Arizona-bound in 2010.

When the Indians signed up to move to Goodyear, they did so knowing the city was looking for a second team to share the new facility with the Tribe.

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The Indians seem ecstatic about the idea of sharing it with their Ohio brethren from the National League.

"It's great for the state of Ohio and fans both from Cleveland and Cincinnati," manager Eric Wedge said Thursday. "There are definitely advantages to it. Obviously, you're going to play more games in your ballpark. And if you want to put together a 'B' game, you've got another team right there."

Goodyear is in the process of constructing the $76 million facility for the Indians. The practice fields are expected to be completed this summer, while the 10,000-seat stadium should be ready in February '09.

If the Reds join the mix, the two clubs will share the main stadium. The $33 million would go toward the construction of a separate clubhouse, offices, a Minor League complex and practice fields for the Reds.

Other teams who share facilities include the Mariners and Padres in Peoria, Ariz., White Sox and Diamondbacks in Tucson, Ariz., Rangers and Royals in Surprise, Ariz., and Marlins and Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla.

The Indians will be returning to the Cactus League for the first time since 1992. The club trained in Tucson from 1947-92. The Reds have been training in Florida since 1923 and in Sarasota since 1998.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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