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Washington Nationals In Negotiations To Take Over Ft. Myers Spring Training Complex, Report Says

The Nationals are reportedly in negotiations with local officials to move in to the former Boston Red Sox complex at City of Palms Park.

Football season is over now, and it's very sad. But take heart, baseball fans: we're less than two weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting.

The Washington Nationals have done their spring training thing at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. since 2003, when they were still in Montreal. Technically, the team sublets the stadium from the Miami Marlins as a consequence of the Expos' sale to Major League Baseball by Jeffrey Loria in 2003. Not surprisingly, the Nationals have been looking for a way out ever since.

It looks like that long-awaited day is coming soon. The Nationals have an out on their lease in 2013, and according to a report in the Fort Myers News-Press, the Nationals are in negotiations with local officials to move in to the former Boston Red Sox complex at City of Palms Park. The BoSox left City of Palms Park for a new complex, which will open this year.

Lee County Commissioner Tammy Hall told the News-Press that the team and the county have been in informal talks for "a few years" and the idea will be formally discussed over the next month.

So any potential move to Ft. Myers is still a long way away, but it will be nice for the club to get out from an inconvenient arrangement and into a different facility. As with most things regarding the Nats, change is good.

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