Although the Texas Rangers have never played a game or even had an organised workout in their new $1.2billion stadium, they would prefer to train there instead of returning to Arizona whenever it is time to get back to spring training.
If MLB and the Players' Association can come to an agreement, the season could start in July. That would be preceded by a second spring training, and teams could have the option to have it either in their home ballparks or at their spring camps in Florida or Arizona.
"Our preference would be to stay here in Texas and have spring training 2.0 or however you want to refer to it," Rangers president and general manager Jon Daniels said on Tuesday.
"So, if that holds, then we would hold camp here in Arlington."
While the Rangers would not have multiple fields available like at their complex in Surprise, Arizona, the new stadium would provide other resources and many advantages.
"One of the critical pieces here is being able to space people our responsibly and safely, and we're going to have as much or more space than anybody. And brand new, clean, state-of-the-art facilities," Daniels said.
Training in Texas would also allow the Rangers to escape the intense summer heat of Arizona, where manager Chris Woodward still lives. He was already talking about extreme temperatures last week while expressing his preference for workouts in Texas.
"We have more space, certainly indoor space, here. And then, when you look at the reality of the weather in Arizona … yeah, you have six and a half fields, but are you really going to use that when it's 115 [degrees] outside?" Daniels said.
"I don't think the advantage of the more additional fields would have benefited us, that kind of played partially into our decision to stay here."