Most of the recent public talk about a new Rays stadium has come from St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch about construction near the current site as part of the Tropicana Field area redevelopment.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday he considered the Tampa sites more preferable, but acknowledged that location would not be the only factor in the process.
“Let me say this, I always thought a stadium across the street would be better in some ways,” Manfred said in Los Angeles ahead of the All-Star Game.
“But there are a variety of factors that need to be taken into account when determining whether you’re going to be in St. Petersburg or Tampa. What funding is available, what sites are available, how fast you can get started.
“So it’s not just the location,” he continued. “There are other things you need to consider.”
Manfred said last month that it was “urgent” to resolve the Rays’ decades-long effort to get a new stadium and that “anywhere in the area that has an interest in ‘hosting the team’ they have to get there.”
Manfred has said in the past that he prefers to defer to team officials on local matters such as stadium sites.
Speaking to members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Tuesday, Manfred said he had no update but planned to speak later this week with Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg.
The rays claim the left-hander of the brewers
The Rays have claimed southpaw Angel Perdomo from Brewers waivers and will send him to Triple-A Durham.
Perdomo, 28, kicked off parts of 2020-21 at the majors, going 1-0 with an 8.24 ERA in 22 games. The 6-foot-8, 265-pound player started this season at Triple-A but only played three games before being sidelined with a broken left hand. He made two appearances in rehab with the Arizona Complex League team of the Brewers.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rays picked right-hander Cooper Criswell for assignment. Criswell was claimed off waivers Saturday by the Angels.
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