A longtime rumor seems to be coming to fruition today in Salem.
The Avalanche have called a press conference for this afternoon, seemingly to announce the Boston Red Sox’ purchase of the Carolina League club. We’ve heard from several sources over the past month that his has been in the works, however no one was willing to confirm the deal on the record.
The Astros will play in Salem next season and Boston will remain in Lancaster for 2008—this has been confirmed by team officials from each club. However Boston will move its affiliate to Salem beginning in 2009. Boston’s move has been fueled in part by its displeasure with the playing situation in Lancaster, where high winds blowing out of the ballpark make it arguably the most hitter-friendly stadium in the minors.
I’ll try and get more info on this shortly.