Yesterday it became clear that the city of Kinston in North Carolina has signed a stadium lease deal with the Texas Rangers to bring a A Advanced team to historic Grainger Stadium, former home of the Kinston Indians. According to the lease, signed in July 2015, the Rangers had two years until the start of the 2017 season to bring a team to the stadium.
Even though the deal was signed with another team in mind the future for the Mavericks in Adelanto looks gloomy. The orignal club that was supposed to come to Kinston was the Wilmington Blue Rocks. The Rangers were close to buy that club and move it to Kinston. The Mets’ farm team in Binghamton would move to Wilmington. But eventually the deal fell through. Now tied to the contract, the Rangers may have only one option and that is moving their A Advanced team from the California League to the Carolina League, a move that has been spoken about more than once in the past seven years. The Rangers are not happy with the situation in Adelanto where the city tried to get rid of the team but eventually lost several cases in court. The stadium lease deal with Kinston would keep the team in the North Carolina city for the next twelve years.
Another club that has looked around in the Carolina League is the Houston Astros. The team looked around in Fayetteville, a city that is trying to get baseball back as well.
City officials confirmed that the Astros are interested to bring an A Advanced team to the city. This would mean that the Lancaster JetHawks would be the other team on the move. In the past years the other team that appeared to be a candidate to move East was the Bakersfield Blaze, but apparently, its owners aren’t in a hurry to move the team.