The minor league landscape is slowly changing. After the agreement between MLB and MiLB expired, MLB has taken controle and it shows. The other day, the Yankees announced to adopt two new MiLB franchises, leaving their former farm teams in Staten Island , Charleston and Trenton behind. Now it is the turn for the Minnesota Twins.
MLB announced that the Minnesota Twins have been cut loose from the Rochester Red Wings, a cooperation that lasted seventeen years. The Red Wings’ place will likely be taken by (now) independent St. Paul Saints, located across the Mississippi river. Apparently, MLB doesn’t really care about good and lasting relationships.
“Our relationship with the Twins has been a good one. Dave St. Peter (Twins President/ CEO), in his call to inform me, stressed the deep appreciation the Twins have had for our relationship, and gratitude for our partnership. We will always have fond memories of our time spent as a Twins affiliate, but it’s exciting to contemplate the future in this new era of Red Wings Baseball,” said Red Wings President/CEO/COO Naomi Silver via press release.
Even though it has been rumored for a while, the possible affiliation between the St. Paul Saints and the Minnesota Twins comes as a surprise since the independent Saints previously stated not to be interested in a cooperation.
The most likely candidate to replace the Twins as parent club is the Washington Nationals. Since their top affiliation in Fresno will be demoted to the A-Short Season (previous A-Advanced) California League, the team from the US capital is without an AAA farm team.