Major League Baseball already has one team on the move, with the Oakland Athletics already set for a Las Vegas destination. Now, commissioner Rob Manfred may have another hot potato on his hands as the Milwaukee Brewers might be the next franchise looking to make the jump.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported recently that the organization is set to begin exploring relocation possibilities later this year. Unless there’s a significant, rapid shift in stadium renovation negotiations with a state-owned district. The team and MLB have maintained that their home park, American Family Field, needs $448 million of renovations to stay current across the league.
The state’s Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District is responsible for the upkeep of the park. As of now, it appears there is an impasse in the situation. So, it’s not clear whether or not the Brewers are simply mentioning a move as a bargaining chip, or if they have essentially given up on the Cream City.
In terms of potential destinations, both Nashville, Tennessee and Salt Lake City, Utah, have been mentioned as frontrunners. The Nashville market has been named in the past as one of the most highly-regarded cities in terms of future expansion, and both cities are geographically friendly for MLB’s eventual realignment.
For Manfred and Major League Baseball, the situation with the Brewers adds to the already written-in-stone relocation of the Oakland Athletics, who are well on their way to Las Vegas after securing hundreds of millions of dollars for a lavish new stadium on The Strip.
Now another traditional stop on the map may be re-directed, and it’s anyone’s guess where this could end. Stadium issues are brewing for teams like the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks.
For now? The Brewers and MLB will likely try some last-ditch effort to come up with a deal to keep the club in Milwaukee. But if not? It’ll be one more for the road.