The Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate is moving from Pawtucket to Worcester as part of a multi-million dollar redevelopment project, officials announced Friday.
In Worcester, business owners expressed excitement and some trepidation about luring the PawSox to become the WooSox.
The current lease at McCoy runs out in 2021.
WBUR reported Thursday that a tentative deal, subject to approval, had been reached between the team and Worcester officials.
A source close to the team who communicated with Rhode Island Public Radio on the condition of anonymity said an announcement of a financial offer for a new stadium in Worcester would be made Friday.
In an interview with WPRI-TV, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said she isn't ready to give up.
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I know many of my neighbors in Pawtucket and throughout Rhode Island are struggling today with the sudden news of this treasured piece of the fabric of our community being ripped out of its rightful home. "I'm disappointed that they couldn't make a deal, but as I said, we're really just bystanders in this discussion".
In June, Raimondo signed legislation created to keep the team in Pawtucket.
The city of Pawtucket and state of Rhode Island likely would've had to pay about $40 million, something many residents were likely more skeptical of doing given the disaster of Curt Schilling's video game company, 38 Studios, earlier this decade and what that cost the state. That legislation enables the team, the state and the city to begin shopping for bonds to finance a new stadium in Pawtucket.
While unclear if the MA subsidies are truly a done deal, no matter what Pawtucket will pursue other innovative ways to invest in our quality of life, as a community and with our fellow Rhode Islanders.
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