Bill Madden of the New York Daily News wrote in a column on Saturday that Rays owner Stuart Sternberg has had discussions with “wealthy Wall Street associates” about moving the team to Montreal. With questions about the future of the franchise swirling throughout the weekend, the Rays were forced to downplay that rumor today.
Here’s the full statement from the team, courtesy of Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:
“We are committed to making baseball work in the Tampa Bay region. We will do everything we can to make that happen and right now things are moving in a productive and positive direction. We have not spoken to Montreal – or any other city, including Tampa – about relocation at any point.”
The Rays finished at 77-85 this season and their average per-game attendance of 17,857 was the lowest in the majors. The push for a new stadium has proven unsuccessful and they are locked into their current lease at Tropicana Field until 2027.