St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster told the Rays they are welcome to amend their contract with the city and explore a new park, but it must be within city limits, according to a document acquired by the Tampa Tribune .
The Rays' lease of Tropicana Field runs through 2027, but owner Stuart Sternberg held a press conference Monday to say the team was looking for stadium sites throughout the Tampa Bay region.
Foster, however, sent a memorandum to the city council, Pinellas County Commission and Sternberg.
"One thing you and I can never ignore is the previous investment and commitment made by your residents and the commitment made by Pinellas County," Foster said at city council committee meeting. "It was not the region's effort."
City attorney John Wolfe told the paper that the team is trying to pit St. Petersburg against Tampa for the Rays.
Foster wrote that the city is "ready, willing and able to explore future facility sites located in St. Petersburg."
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