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Report: Astros, Jays to become neighbors

Adam Rubin

Astros owner Jim Crane toured the Mets' spring-training facility about a potential sharing arrangement in March 2012. The Astros instead will move to nearby Palm Beach Gardens.

LAS VEGAS -- The Mets are on the verge of getting a pair of new spring-training neighbors.

The Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays plan to move into a new facility to be built in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Astros owner Jim Crane told the Houston Chronicle.

That is about a 45-minute drive from the Mets' home in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

It gives the Mets two additional teams within proximity, varying the opponents from a steady dose of seeing the Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves in recent years. The Mets had needed to make two-hour-plus bus trips to face non-division opponents as teams in recent years left the Atlantic side of the state, including the Los Angeles Dodgers moving to Arizona and the Baltimore Orioles leaving Fort Lauderdale for Sarasota.