Hunt is on for O's new spring home

Hunt is on for O's new spring home

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles may be a month away from reporting to their Spring Training home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but they're not done searching for a suitable alternative. The Fort Myers News-Press is reporting that representatives of the Orioles have met with the Lee Country commissioner in reference to a possible move to City of Palms Park by 2012.

The Orioles have a lease with Fort Lauderdale Stadium that runs out after the 2009 season, but they also have option years for '10 and '11. Baltimore has pursued an extensive renovation of its existing facility, which doesn't have enough room for its Minor League operations, and has also discussed a potential move to Vero Beach or Sarasota.

The Dodgers and the Reds, respectively, have left Vero Beach and Sarasota for new facilities in Arizona. The Red Sox, meanwhile, are leaving City of Palms Park for a new stadium in Lee County at some point in the next few seasons.

Ray Judah, the county commissioner for Lee County, told the News-Press that things may move quickly for his county and the Orioles.

"It looks like we'll be able to resolve all outstanding issues within 90 days," Judah said.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.