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Tampa mayor says his city can support Major League Baseball

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says his city is prepared to support major league baseball.

This week, St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster suggested he may be open to allowing the Rays to speak with officials in Tampa and Hillsborough County about moving

Buckhorn is cautiously optimistic, "I will know with certainty when the ink is dry on the agreement. I'm hopeful that it won't drag on for a long time. I'm hopeful that this is not just an election ploy, but I'm optimistic that things are moving in the right direction."

8/6/2013 Related Story: Foster to let Rays look at stadium sites in Tampa

The Rays are currently obligated to stay in St. Petersburg until 2027 by the contract they have with the city.

Buckhorn knows the team isn't even allowed to talk with another municipality about moving without a change in their current contract.

8/7/2013 Related Story: Rays offer discounts, specials on tix for rest of season

Buckhorn says, "If this deal is finalized, I think it will be a huge step in the right direction, because clearly if you look at the numbers it's not working and it hasn't worked for a long time."

7/24/2013 Related Story: St. Pete and Rays stadium talks underway

However Buckhorn says it wouldn't be an easy deal to move the team to Tampa," I think this deal will be complicated. It will be a financing deal that has a number of different layers involved in it. I think the owners are going to have to come to the table with some serious money."

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