Oklahoma scene: Texas Rangers tried to buy RedHawks, according to report

Mandalay Baseball Properties, which owns the Oklahoma City franchise, wanted more than $20 million. The Rangers turned down the deal.
From Staff Reports Modified: April 15, 2014 at 10:03 pm •  Published: April 15, 2014
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The Texas Rangers have had an interest in buying the Oklahoma City RedHawks, but the asking price was too high, according to a report by ballparkdigest.com.

The Rangers, who served as the parent team of the RedHawks over the 1983 through 2010 seasons, turned down a deal with Mandalay Baseball Properties because of a price tag exceeding $20 million for the Pacific Coast League franchise.

Reports have been circulating that the Rangers, who currently have their Triple-A prospects based in Round Rock, Texas, might be interested in returning to Oklahoma City. The RedHawks are currently in their fourth season as the Houston Astros affiliate.

The Astros and RedHawks’ affiliation agreement ends at the close of this season. The Rangers and Round Rock’s agreement expires in 2018. Ballparkdigest.com reported that affiliation deals can be broken if both sides agree.

ENERGY LOSES AT DALLAS

The Oklahoma City Energy FC lost its second match of the season Tuesday, 1-0 loss to the FC Dallas Reserves. The match was tied 0-0 at intermission, but Andrew Jacobson’s score seven minutes into the second half was all Dallas would need.

There were plenty of opportunities for Oklahoma City in the second half, but none came closer than in the 90th minute. Following a red card on Dallas’ Moises Hernandez, Energy midfielder Michael Thomas lined up a penalty kick but failed to convert.

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