Castellini on the spring situation
Reds CEO Bob Castellini is open to continuing to try to work a deal to return to Sarasota. If the Reds do end up leaving, it will be sadness.
"If we leave -- wherever we go -- I would not be upbeat about leaving Sarasota," he said.
That's why the Reds have continued to work to get a deal, despite numerous setbacks.
"This is a big thing for us," Castellini said. "It’s not like we’re trying to leave Sarasota. They've got a tough situation between the city and the county and the economy in all of Florida.
"You have 12 teams in Arizona now, soon to be 14 with the Dodgers and Indians. Most of them have been stolen from Florida. The state is cognizant of that, so they spread around some money to fix up some of the facilities. Ours of is one of those."
But the city of Sarasota and county need to contribute to get the new $41 million deal done. Tuesday, the Sarasota County commissioner could have cemented the new proposal.
“It’s been disappointing,” Castellini said. “But I understand the different crosscurrents.”
The Reds will likely make a call soon -- whether it's to stay in Sarasota or go to Goodyear, Ariz.
“I really feel like the decision has to be made in the next month," Castellini said.