"My priority remains the same, I am committed to keeping baseball in Tampa Bay for generations to come,'' Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg told the newspaper Thursday. "I believe this concept is worthy of serious exploration.''
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said Thursday he would not grant permission for the Rays to explore other options, citing the team's lease with the city of St. Petersburg.
"I don't see that happening, and I've expressed that to them previously," Kriseman told the Times.
Manfred told the newspaper that the Rays "still are interested in having a new facility (across Tampa Bay) in Tampa."
"The limits of the current facility in terms of the atmosphere and the location are pretty well known." Manfred said.
Major league baseball has not been played in Montreal since the Expos relocated to Washington D.C., in 2005 to become the Nationals.
Two cities sharing a major-league franchise is not new. The Expos played 22 home games in Puerto Rico, during the 2003 season, and the Brooklyn Dodgers played seven home games in Jersey City, New Jersey, during the 1957 season.