The Pittsburgh Pirates will buy the Sarasota Reds and move them to Bradenton; the Reds will take over the Bucs' affiliation in Lynchburg.
The Sarasota Reds (High Class A; Florida State League) are no more, as the team is being sold to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who will move the franchise to McKechnie Field for the 2010 season a
nd play as the Bradenton Pirates.
The move is subject to approval from the Florida State League.
As part of the shift the Reds will take over the Pirates' High Class A affiliation with the Lynchburg Hillcats (High Class A; Carolina League). That affiliation runs through the 2010 season and will need to be renegotiated next year.
The move, we suspect, will put a damper on the Orioles setting up a FSL team in Ed Smith Stadium, at least for the time being.
UPDATE: We were supplied some bad information by folks in the Pirates organization. The team will not be called the Pirates; a new name will be announced at a Nov. 11 press conference.
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