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Changes Coming To Several Minor League Affiliates In 2017

(Photo: Gabe Rodriguez)

(Photo: Gabe Rodriguez)

The Minor League Baseball season has officially concluded and organizations are already preparing for the 2017 season. This off-season however will see quite a few changes when it comes to affiliations, predominantly in the Double-A and Class-A Leagues. As previously reported, the California League has already cut ties with two teams (Bakersfield Blaze and High Desert Mavericks) prior to the end of the season. With that previous announcement the CArolina League announced that they would be adding two new teams in Kinston, North Carolina and another location that has yet to be officially announced.

Below is a summary of the other teams who will be changing affiliation this upcoming season.

Double-A:

Texas League

  • The Arkansas Travelers who were affiliated with the LA Angels will now be a part of the Seattle Mariners’ organization.

Southern League

  • In a corresponding move to the above Texas League transaction, the Seattle Mariners’ former affiliate the Jackson Generals whom just won the Southern League Title, will now be  associated with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • Since the D-backs are moving to Jackson, their former team the Mobile BayBears will now be the LA Angels since they were looking for a new team after losing their association in the Texas League.

Class-A Advanced

Florida State League

  • The FSL will have a few changes in 2017, the first a new team that will call Kissimmee, Florida home. The team will be an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. The team is giving fans of the Central Florida area an opportunity to help name the new member of the FSL, check it out here.
  • The addition of the new Kissimmee team is due in part to the Brevard County Manatees, the affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, leaving Space Coast Stadium. There are rumors swirling that the Brewers could me moving to Lancaster, but nothing has been officially announced as of yet.

While there are no other official deals reported through Class-A, Class-A Short Season and Rookie League there are a few Major League organizations that haven’t renewed their contracts for the 2017 season.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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