Braves to leave Lynchburg

The Braves are looking for a new home for their High-A affiliate.

The Braves notified the ownership of the Lynchburg Hillcats Monday that they are ending their player development agreement with the franchise. Lynchburg subsequently signed a new contract with the Cleveland Indians to have their affiliate there.

This puts the Braves looking for an affiliation in a High-A league. The News & Advance paper in Lynchburg speculated the Braves could land with the Carolina Mudcats. Atlanta’s old Carolina League affiliate in Myrtle Beach was briefly open, but it was filled by the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs left Daytona, in the Florida State League, and there’s a chance the Braves could put their High-A team there.

Atlanta tried to put their High-A affiliate in Wilmington, North Carolina, but two years ago the residents voted down a referendum to raise property taxes to pay for a new ballpark.

The Braves do not currently own their High-A affiliate. That’s the only minor league team the Braves do not own outright. They have not hid their desire to own all of their affiliates.


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