ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – According to media reports, the Los Angeles Dodgers are leaving Albuquerque, again.
An Oklahoma newspaper is reporting that this could be the final year of the Los Angeles Dodgers affiliation with the Albuquerque Isotopes.
The Daily Oklahoman says a group affiliated with the Dodgers is trying to buy the Oklahoma City Redhawks with plans to make them the Dodgers new Triple-A affiliate.
According to multiple sources contract negotiations are said to be in the final stages.
News 13 reached out to Isotopes General Manager John Traub. Traub says he hasn’t heard from the Dodgers and cannot comment on speculation and that we should know what’s going on by mid-September.
Traub works for Isotopes owner Ken Young. If the Dodgers do leave, he’ll have to shop around to other big league teams to get them to move their Triple-A team here.
They say major league baseball guarantees Albuquerque will have a team next year. Of course the Dodgers were here in Albuquerque for decades as the Dukes. They bolted for Las Vegas back in 2000 leaving Albuquerque without a team for two years until the city built a new stadium and got a new ownership group here that made a deal with the Marlins to send their Triple-A team here.
The Dodgers came back six years ago.