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Seattle Mariners End Affiliate Deal With Minor League Franchise

By meerna Jul11,2024
Seattle Mariners End Affiliate Deal With Minor League Franchise

The 2024 season will be the last season the Modesto Nuts will serve as a subsidiary team of the Seattle Mariners in the A League.

The Nuts club, which has featured several of the M’s best players from the lower leagues this year, issued a press release on Wednesday announcing that the partnership was coming to an end due to the stadium lease agreement.

The Seattle Mariners and the City of Modesto announced today that they have failed to reach an agreement on a long-term lease extension for the California League Modesto Nuts. While both parties had hoped for a more favorable outcome, negotiations fell through and the current lease will expire on September 30, 2024. Due to the expiration of the lease, the 2024 season will be the Nuts’ last in Modesto at John Thurman Field.

While more information will likely emerge soon, this is the current situation.

1) The Mariners are the sole owners of the Modesto Nuts, so they have complete control. Once the stadium lease expires, the franchise is essentially a free agent. The M’s can then move the franchise to another location that has a suitable stadium/housing for the team.

2) Modesto would not necessarily be permanently closed out as a minor league affiliate. In the future, if the team becomes a free agent, Modesto could be in play for the team to relocate. However, the stadium circumstances would have to be favorable to that major league team as well. John Thurman Field opened in 1955.

Over the course of their history, the Nuts have been the minor league affiliate of the Mariners, Colorado Rockies, Oakland A’s, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City A’s, Houston Colt .45s, New York Yankees, Milwaukee Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Browns. They have won 10 division titles, most recently in 2023 for the Mariners.

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