Pinellas County may have another baseball stadium controversy brewing, as the Toronto Blue Jays are signaling the team wants to explore other options for spring training.

The team, which has been in Dunedin since its first season in 1977, still has four years left on its contract to play at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. But team officials told Mayor Dave Eggers during a "casual phone conversation" last week they are exploring their options. Their main complaint is that the practice field is nearly four miles from the stadium on Douglas Avenue, he said.

"The importance of having the practice field near the stadium has been elevated, or at least that's what we've heard," he said.

In a town and county that's essentially built-out, finding space to build new practice fields near the stadium could be challenging, but Eggers said city staff is scrambling to find solutions and present them to the City Commission on March 21. That would require 50 or 60 acres of land, said Dunedin Parks and Recreation Director Vince Gizzi.

"It's going to be a stretch to find a property that size in Dunedin," he said. "I'm not saying it can't be done. … We really haven't looked at every property in the city to see how that would come together."