Sources: Tampa Bay Rays receive permission to explore two-city team options

Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles August 19, 2013
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TAMPA, Fla. (WCJB/ESPN)-- ESPN insider Jeff Passan posted on Twitter Thursday saying the Tampa Bay Rays have received permission from Major League Baseball's executive council to explore a plan which would allow the team to play early-season games in Tampa and finish the year in Montreal.

That's according to sources which spoke with ESPN.

Passan wrote the return to Montreal has been speculated since the city lost the Expos in 2005 when the team moved to Washington, D.C. and became the Nationals.

Under the plan, the Rays would play in the new stadiums in both Tampa Bay and Montreal. Playing only the early season in Tampa would be expected to save money as the need would a domed stadium would no longer be a factor, those sources said.

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