RedHawks baseball: Could White Sox be interested in OKC?

Triple-A affiliation with Charlotte expires after this season
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Modified: August 18, 2010 at 9:11 pm •  Published: August 18, 2010
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While the White Sox don't have front office connections to Oklahoma City like Milwaukee, the American League team might want to move its affiliate a bit closer.

The team's minor league field coordinator, Nick Capra, played baseball at OU and for the old 89ers for all or part of seven seasons.

Like the Brewers and many other teams, the White Sox Triple-A affiliate has been a revolving door. Granted, Charlotte and the White Sox have been partners since 1999. Before that, though, the Sox top minor-league affiliate was located in Calgary (1998), Nashville (1994-97), Sacramento (1988-93), Hawaii (1987), Buffalo (1985-86) and Denver (1983-84).

Player development contracts can be either two- or four-year terms.

There is a window of just less than a month for teams to change affiliation once the season ends.

After the end of the regular season, minor league teams must notify the leagues if they seek reaffiliation.

The minor league office then notifies the major league clubs which teams seek a change in affiliation and vice-versa.

Beginning Sept. 16, clubs may begin negotiating for new affiliations and enter into agreements.

If clubs on both sides haven't agreed to an affiliation by October, the league offices will assign affiliations.