The A’s affiliation with the Sacramento River Cats appears in limbo following this season.
The team’s Triple-A club has called Sacramento home since 2000, but there are rumblings that the River Cats may consider switching Major League affiliations. Minor league teams are independently owned and often switch their business relationships between Major League clubs, though the players remain the property of their original club.
The River Cats sent out this statement Sunday:
“Though our player development contract with Oakland does expire after this year, we place the utmost value on our affiliation with the Athletics. This year, as in years past, we will perform an internal evaluation after the season has concluded. Our first priority has always been, and will continue to be, providing our fans with the best experience possible at Raley Field. This year is no different.”
The San Francisco Chronicle reported in Sunday’s editions that the River Cats are considering switching affiliations and are interested in potentially luring the Giants’ Triple-A team from Fresno.
The River Cats led all of minor league baseball in attendance for their first eight seasons in Sacramento after moving there in 2000.
A’s officials declined comment on the matter through a spokesman Sunday.