Astros owner Jim Crane toured the Mets' spring-training complex on March 31, 2012.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Two years after Houston Astros owner Jim Crane toured the Mets' spring-training complex, the Mets continue to hope the American League West club ultimately will decide to share the Port St. Lucie facility with them. But there have not been active discussions, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The Astros have attempted to move with the Toronto Blue Jays to a facility to be constructed in nearby Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., but local opposition has stalled those plans. The relocation to Palm Beach Gardens apparently is not dead, with the sides trying to scout alternative locations in that area. Still, it does not appear promising.
The Mets desperately could use more teams in the area -- whether sharing their Port St. Lucie complex or nearby. The St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins train in Jupiter, about 35 minutes from the Mets' complex. And the Washington Nationals train in Viera, a little more than an hour north of Port St. Lucie. Otherwise, the Mets often face two-hour-plus drives to play Grapefruit League games.
Upgrades have been made to the Port St. Lucie complex in recent years to make it viable for a second team to share the complex.