Nats looking into new Spring Training sites

Nats looking into new Spring Training sites

VIERA, Fla. -- The Palm Beach County board of commissioners met with the Nationals and Astros on Thursday about relocating their Spring Training facilities, according to county documents.

The commissioners talked to the two teams about different Florida sites, including locations in Vero Beach -- the former Spring Training home of the Dodgers -- and Port St. Lucie, home of the Mets.

Last month,'s Brian McTaggart reported that the Nationals were in talks with the Astros about sharing a Spring Training facility. The Astros would like to leave Kissimmee after the 2016 season, while the Nationals would like to move their facility closer to other teams in Florida. Washington's lease at Space Coast Stadium expires at the end of '17.

The Nationals have declined to comment on the possibility of moving to another location.

"As a policy, the Washington Nationals do not publicly comment on pending or ongoing business discussions," the team said through a spokesman. "We are in the process of finding the best long-term options for a Spring Training and player-development facility, and public comment would be premature and unfair to that process."

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