Nashville new home for Athletics' Triple-A team

Sep 18, 2014 5:10 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics are making Nashville the new home of their Triple-A minor-league affiliate.

The Pacific Coast League's Nashville Sounds announced Thursday they have agreed to terms on a four-year player development contract with the Athletics that runs through the 2018 season. The Sounds' new stadium, First Tennessee Park, is scheduled to open next season.

The Athletics had been partnered with the Pacific Coast League's Sacramento River Cats since 2000, and the proximity between the two teams made it convenient when a player was promoted or sent down.

Nashville had been the Milwaukee Brewers' Triple-A home since 2005. Organizations previously affiliated with Nashville included the Cincinnati Reds (1978-79 and 1987-92), New York Yankees (1980-84), Detroit Tigers (1985-86), Chicago White Sox (1993-97) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1998-2004).

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