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What if Montreal filed for joint custody of the Tampa Bay Rays?

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 3: Third baseman Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays comes out to the mound to speak to pitcher Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays after Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays hit an RBI single to score Cliff Pennington #9 during the third inning of a game on October 3, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 3: Third baseman Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays comes out to the mound to speak to pitcher Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays after Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays hit an RBI single to score Cliff Pennington #9 during the third inning of a game on October 3, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

With the Rays exploring the idea of a new stadium in the Tampa area and Montreal hoping to bring baseball back to the city, one publication is proposing a radical idea.

The French language newspaper La Presse suggests (in French) that Tampa and Montreal share the Rays. Among the benefits: lowering the cost of ownership for a Montreal group and maximizing the TV revenues with two separate contracts.

However, the Tampa Bay Times offers a dose of reality, noting that the players association would have major objections to such a plan and pointing out that there have been no discussions with MLB about the cities sharing the franchise.

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Montreal has been without Major League Baseball since the Expos left following the 2004 season to become the Washington Nationals. There have been exhibitions games there in recent seasons and a movement to bring baseball back to the city permanently. And with the Rays having battled attendance woes for years -- despite reaching the World Series in 2008 and often being in contention since then -- some have suggested moving the franchise to Montreal.