A Florida group formed to bring major league baseball to Tampa has entered into "serious discussions" about the purchase of the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Morning News reported today.

The newspaper quoted sources close to major league ownership as saying the Tampa group would buy the Rangers in anticipation of getting an expansion team. The ownership of a team would help the group get an expansion franchise, or it is possible, the source said, that the Rangers would be moved to Florida and the Dallas-Fort Worth area would get an expansion team.