MLB Team Report - Minnesota Twins - INSIDE PITCH

MINNEAPOLIS -- After two decades in New Britain, Conn., the Minnesota Twins may be ready to move their Double-A affiliate.

Twins general manager Terry Ryan announced Tuesday that Minnesota had severed ties with New Britain, their Double-A affiliate since 1995.

"We are out looking," Ryan said. "There's a few affiliates that are open, not a lot, but a few and we're exploring some things."

Ryan said it is possible the Twins could end up back in New Britain, their only option if they want to stay in the Eastern League. A number of factors will help the Twins decide on a new affiliate, including geography, climate, ownership, facilities and the quality of the playing surface.

One reason the Twins are believed to be looking around is the uncertainty of New Britain in their locale. Locked with the city in a dispute of their stadium, the Rock Cats could be on the move to Hartford in the near future.

Ryan didn't say a potential move to Hartford would be good or bad, but said instead the team was simply doing its diligence in finding the best long-term home.

Other Double-A affiliates in the market for a major league club include the Tulsa Drillers in the Texas League and Chattanooga Lookouts and Mobile BayBears in the Southern League.

Ryan would not discuss which teams he had spoken to in regards to an affiliate agreement, but did confirm the Twins must have a pact in place by the end of the month. If not, Major League Baseball will assign them one.

"You don't want that," Ryan said.

It's believed the Twins have a solid reputation around the minors in regards to their relationships with affiliates. They have already agreed to extensions with their Triple-A affiliate in Rochester, N.Y., as well as their Class-A affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla., in recent weeks.

Their Fort Myers club recently won the Florida State League championship. Many of the players on that team would likely be ready for a move to Double-A next season, meaning wherever the Twins decide, the team should be competitive.

"And that always helps," Ryan said. "It certainly won't hurt."


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