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The Fresno Grizzlies remain in negotiations with the San Francisco Giants

By Timmy Kennedy

Despite rumours surfacing of the fact that the Sacramento River Cats are set to become the San Francisco Giants’ Triple-A team, according to the Fresno Bee, the Fresno Grizzlies and the city of Fresno are still in negotiations with the San Francisco Giants. They are currently attempting to persuade the Giants not to break their 14-year-partnership.

The Grizzlies have never been amazing for the Giants. Low attendance numbers, distant from San Francisco and no success. On the other hand, Sacramento is much closer to San Francisco, which would help when the yo-yo players like Juan Perez and George Kontos are called up on short notice. The River Cats have had much success, and have really nice attendance numbers, probably due to the fact their population is around double that of Fresno’s.

The Fresno Bee had the story:

"Mayor Ashley Swearengin said she met twice with top Giants officials Monday, pitching each time all the reasons the team should sign another Player Development Contract with the Fresno Grizzlies. The Sacramento River Cats, meanwhile, filed paperwork to become a free agent after a 15-year Triple-A baseball affiliation with the Oakland Athletics, The Sacramento Bee reported. It has been widely speculated this summer that the River Cats are targeting the Giants as their new top minor-league affiliate.Our organization remains committed to the San Francisco Giants. The timeline for open negotiation on a new player development contract begins (today) and we’re aware of the possibilities in play,” Grizzlies Executive Vice President Derek Franks said in a statement. “However, we continue to seek a renewal with the Giants. Baseball in the Central Valley has deep-rooted heritage and Chukchansi Park continues to be a first-rate facility for Triple-A baseball. We look forward to opening our 18th season of Triple-A affiliated baseball on April 9, 2015, in Downtown Fresno."

To decipher the rather long statement from the mayor: Fresno desperately needs the Giants. However, the same can’t be said for San Francisco, they almost certainly stand to gain so much more from Sacramento. The situation is likely to be resolved soon, so stay tuned to Around the Foghorn for all the latest.