Major League Baseball has granted the Tampa Bay Rays permission to explore a plan in which they would play early-season home games in the Tampa Bay area and the remainder of the year in Montreal, according to sources.

While plans are in the early stages, the Rays view the two-city solution as the most feasible to saving baseball in the Tampa Bay area after years of failed attempts to build a new stadium.

According to sources, the Rays would play in new stadiums in both the Tampa Bay area and Montreal.

Significant hurdles remain for the plan to take root.