Bill Ladson

Nats, Astros closer to sharing Spring Training complex

Nats, Astros closer to sharing Spring Training complex

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals and Astros received good news regarding relocating their Spring Training facility to Palm Beach County, Fla. On Tuesday, the Board of County Commissioners voted to approve a financing plan for the two teams. The Nats and Astros have 90 days to find a location for the complex.

The commissioners voted, 5-2, to allocate $108 million in hotel tax revenue for the facility, which will cost $135 million to build.

"The Board of Commissioners took a major step today toward keeping the tradition of Major League baseball's Spring Training in Palm Beach County and on the east coast of Florida," the two teams said in a joint statement. "The teams will now work to find a location here in Palm Beach County that will serve our needs, those of the youth sports commission and area tourism for decades to come. We will continue our efforts to accomplish that goal."

Last February, it was reported that the Nationals were in talks with the Astros about sharing a Spring Training facility. Houston would like to leave Kissimmee, Fla., where it has been since 1985, after the 2016 season, while Washington would like to move its facility closer to other teams in Florida such as the Cardinals, Mets and Marlins. The Nats' lease at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla., expires at the end of '17.

The Nationals have played their exhibition games at Space Coast Stadium since 2005.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashinNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.