Giants announce deal with Sacramento River Cats

Sep 18, 2014 5:09 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco Giants are moving their Triple-A minor league club to the state capital, entering into a two-year contract with Sacramento.

San Francisco moves from Fresno starting next season, replacing the Athletics in Sacramento after Oakland moved its Triple-A team to Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday.

The Giants can get Triple-A players to the Bay Area faster now being only about 90 minutes away.

CEO Larry Baer says "proximity of the River Cats to San Francisco was critical to the development of our players."

The River Cats were in Sacramento for 15 years with the A's. Sacramento missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time but led the PCL in attendance this year.

Fresno announced Thursday it had reached agreement with the Houston Astros.

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