The Los Angeles Dodgers plan to switch their Triple-A affiliation from Albuquerque to Oklahoma City next season, according to multiple sources, but it might be three more weeks before an official announcement is made.
According to Pacific Coast League bylaws, minor league teams with expiring contracts must wait until Sept. 15 to speak publicly about switching Major League affiliations.
Last week, The Oklahoman reported Mandalay Entertainment Group will sell Oklahoma City’s baseball team for between $22 million and $28 million to a group that includes Dodgers’ part-owner Peter Guber, chairman and CEO of Mandalay.
This is the fourth season the RedHawks have been affiliated with Houston, but a two-year extension with the Astros expires next week. There are reports several cities in the 16-team PCL might be switching affiliations.
Mandalay announced earlier this year it was selling all five minor league baseball properties it owned. The RedHawks will be the third team to be sold.
Earlier this summer, Mandalay sold the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders to former Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg.
Mandalay also sold the Cincinnati Reds’ Class A Dayton Dragons for a minor league-record $40 million to Palisades Arcadia Baseball, whose main investor is Michael Savit. He is involved with the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA.